Fencing Applied to the Military Art (1801) describes a basic system of epee and sabre fencing before showing how this system should be applied to training sections, platoons and companies of soldiers of all arms.
Citoyen Bertrand, a fencing master in Paris during the Revolution, dedicated his services to the State following the abolition of the Corporation of the Masters of Arms in 1792. The text holds dual significance for HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) practitioners and fencing history enthusiasts. Firstly, it stands as one of the earliest French texts describing sabre training, dating to the Consulate era between the fall of the Revolutionary Directorate in 1799 and Napoleon's establishment of the Empire in 1804. Secondly, it illustrates how fencing instruction evolved from one-on-one combat to training entire sections, platoons, and companies of soldiers, a unique aspect rarely found in historical fencing texts.
The Archives of the Masters of Arms of Paris collects documents and anecdotes related to the guild which regulated fencing in the capital from 1567-1792.
Two of Corthey's influential books, a history of fencing and improvements to the dueling sword combined in one volume.
The Fencing Manual was the basis of compulsory training for the infantry and cavalry of the French Army in 1877 until its replacement in 1908.
La Canne was taught in military academies and in public schools. This volume presents two mid-century methods for learning the canne.
Jean de Brye's manual for fencing coaches showing how to break down the discipline into four broad stages of development.
Henry de Sainct Didier's fencing treatise for transitional rapier first published 1573, the first French fencing manual.
Joseph Tinguely wrote his Manual of Contre Pointe Fencing when the sabre, a thug's weapon, was being introduced into the academic discipline of fencing. Foreword by Julien Garry of De Taille et d’Estoc.
Episode from the History of SorcerorsAndré des Bordes, French fencing master under the dukes of Lorraine, and his trial on charges of witchcraft.
Found in a famous collection of 19th century folklore, The Phantom Cavalier who Fought a Duel is one of the more bizarre examples of 17th century tracts against dueling.
The script of George Eekhoud's public performance in Brussel, 1894, at which Alfred Hutton and the London Rifle Brigade was invited to perform.
A transcription Marc de la Beraudiere's Le Combat de Seul à Seul en Camp Clos 1608 which lists who can and cannot undertake a duel and the rules by which they must abide. (French)
One of the few surviving texts about fencing from during the time of the Napoleon, L'Escrime, Appliquée à l'Art Militaire is a unique snapshot of the history of fencing in France. (French)
The text describes basic fencing before showing how it should be applied to training platoons and companies of soldiers. Very few sources show the military use of fencing skills.
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