Four centuries ago, the famed swordsman Gerard Thibault d’Anvers wrote one of the forgotten classics of the Western esoteric tradition–a. Girard Thibault d’Anvers () hand colored engraving, Plate V, from the ACADEMY OF THE SWORD, engraved by Johann Gelle, showing fencing. Portrait of Gerard Thibault, bust turned to the left, head turned to face the viewer; with moustache and beard, wearing a big ruff, on a classical pedestal; within.
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Rescued from oblivion and translated into readable English by widely respected modern occultist John Michael Greer, The Academy of the Sword is an astonishingly detailed instructional guide on the way of the sword as it was practiced in the age of the of Musketeers. It covers every aspect of sword training from stance and footwork and the development of sensitivity and timing to hundreds of detailed techniques for overcoming opponents armed with all of the standard weapons of the time.
This new volume also lavishly reproduces the beautiful 17th-century etchings that accompany the instructions, and which provide a compelling glimpse into the ritualistic world of duelling.
The Academy of the Sword will be invaluable to readers interested in historical Western martial arts, students of stage fight, and practitioners tihbault sacred geometry alike. Would you like anvefs tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less.
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There are lots of ways to look at this book, so I’ll take them one at a time. As a fencing instructional text – obscure Thibault’s system includes considering the blade of the sword as being thhibault into 12 parts rather than the more common 2 or 3 forte, foible, and sometimes medium. Descriptions of each movement girarf incredibly detailed, and well illustrated, but the overall effect is overwhelming. The system itself is Spanish fencing, radically different from French and Italian styles that have evolved into modern sport fencing, but the obscurity of the system only adds to the obscurity of Thibault’s text.
The one of the elements differentiating Spanish fencing from others is ghibault use of a complex geometric pattern based on a circle and its diameter and chords as a training tool, and the circle shows up dozens of times in every illustration.
Another difference is the upright posture and manner of holding the sword arm anves out from the torso; tuibault different from modern sport fencing, but there had to be something to it as Spanish fencers were well respected in the period n. George Silver’s thibaultt on Spanish style fencing in “Paradoxes of Defence” circa Typical of the period, the discussion of the circle integrates mathematics, geometry, anatomy, and a hint of mysticism.
There is much to be learned here, but it is not for someone with only a passing or casual interest in Spanish fencing. This is a reflection of the author and target audience, scholars and ajvers men of the s pursuing the art of the sword, rather than ruffians or the soldiers of the period.
As a scholarly translation of a renaissance text – Brilliant! This was clearly someone’s passion for a long time, and avners translation in to contemporary English flows well, and from the bits of the original shown in the illustrations that I could piece together, seems anvefs to the letter and spirit.
As a book of reproductions of renaissance illustrations – Brilliant! The illustrations are beautifully reproduced, and they are incredible in themselves. E etchings, but so detailed and packed with ornementation in the corners and between the illustrations of the fencers that they engage the reader as much as the text.
As technical illustrations, they are busy and crowded, but well drawn, and absolutely consistent with the text. As an thibaultt for a conspiracy theorist – Brilliant! This book could inspire conspiracy theorists for years to come “What does the cherub looking at the mystic circle on the side of the pillar -REALLY- mean? It’s a thing of beauty, but it would be easy to perceive hints of a complex secret in the rich subtleties of the illustrations and the fencing text.
I enjoyed it tremendously, and my hat’s off to the translator whose diligence has yielded such magnificent results, as well as to the original author and illustrators. This is a good addition to the WMA practitioner’s bookshelf. I like Thibault’s attitude. Unfortunately, he’s also convinced of the martial superiority of the long rapier, which is admittedly pretty deadly in his system, but I have strong reservations about whether any rapier system can function, as he implies, against other types of weapons.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book is very thorough. Unfortunately with the Kindle version, it doesn’t have all of the images that the author constantly refers to. I imagine the print version would. One person found this helpful.
This is one of the few text dealing with the Spanish sword fighting style which uses circles, in fact, many of the sword movements are similar to the Chinese bagua system which also utilizes circles it is magical. While many of the terms are obscure, you can figure it out from the pictures if the translation didn’t make sense.
The last section on sword versus a matchlock is very funny. Greer’s translation of Thibault is brilliantly executed. I’ve read a number of other books by Greer, and his understanding of the esoteric worldview of Thibault’s time, along with his knowledge of period sword technique and his meticulous attention to detail make this one of the best translations I have ever read.
Greer also does well to just stay out of the way, and let Thibault’s words explain the techniques. Greer does very little editorializing, only in the preface, and in the occasional footnote. The illustration images do well to capture the painstaking detail that Thibault’s engravers went to. All in all, I love what Chivalry Bookshelf has done here, and hope to pick up their publications of Guy Windsor’s modern sword treatices very soon.
Nothing I can really add to the other reviews. I really liked the book. Nice large images of the plates, excellent translational work, easy to read formatting.
This is the way modern “reprints” and translations should be. Essential work for Spanish Circle enthusiasts. Some of the plates appear a bit dim. I don’t know if this is a minor defect in the printing or an artifact of dim originals but it is notable. See all 18 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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