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Bref Instructions vpõ My Pradoxes of Defence (Sloane MS No.376)

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Bref Instructions vpõ My Pradoxes of Defence
Sloane MS No.376, British Library
London, United Kingdom
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Type Fencing manual
Date ca. 1605
Place of origin London, England
Language(s) English
Author(s) George Silver
Dedicated to Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
Material Paper
Size 34 folia
Format Double-sided
Images B&W facsimile

Bref Instructions vpõ My Pradoxes of Defence ("Brief Instructions upon my Paradoxes of Defense", Sloane MS No.376) is an English fencing manual written in ca. 1605 by George Silver.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of the British Library in London, United Kingdom. This is the second volume of Silver's work, and seeks to elucidate the correct principles of fencing (in contrast to his Paradoxes of Defence, which primarily seeks to highlight the problems inherent in all other contemporary styles). Unfortunately and for unknown reasons, this treatise was never published in Silver's lifetime and was only brought to light in the 1898 reprinting of his works by Cyril G. R. Matthey.

Provenance

Contents

As this manuscript is not currently available for direct study and Matthey's edition does not give folio information, this table of contents cannot be completed at this time.

Admonitions to the Gentlemen and Brave Gallants of Great Britain against Quarrels and Brawls
The true handling of all Manner of Weapons
General Rules to be Observed for Weapons Usage
Declaration of 4 General Fights
Of the short single sword fight against the like weapon
Of Diverse Advantages that you may take by Striking from your Ward
The manner of certain grips & closes
Of the short sword & dagger fight against the like weapon
Of the short sword & dagger fight against the long sword & dagger
Of the sword & buckler fight
Of the two hand sword fight against the like weapon
Of the Short Staff Fight
Of the Short Staff Fight against the Long Staff
Of the Fight of the Forest Bill against the like Weapon
Of the Fight of the Morris Pike against the like Weapon
Of the Single Dagger Fight against the like Weapon

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Additional Resources

References

  1. Silver, George. The Works of George Silver. Ed. Cyril G. R. Matthey. London: George Bell and Sons, 1898.

Copyright and License Summary

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