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Paradoxes of Defence (Additional MS 34192)

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Paradoxes of Defence
Additional MS 34192, British Library
London, United Kingdom
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Type Fencing manual
Date 1599
Place of origin London, England
Language(s) English
Author(s) George Silver
Dedicated to Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
Material Paper
Size 47 folia
Format Double-sided
Images B&W facsimile

Paradoxes of Defence (Additional MS 34192) is an British fencing manual written in 1599 by George Silver.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of the British Library in London, United Kingdom. This is the presentation copy of Silver's famous work Paradoxes of Defence.

Provenance

The known provenance of the Additional MS 34192 is:

  • Written in 1599 for Lord Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex.
  • before 1892 – owned by Edwin H. Lawrence (sold at auction, London, 1892)
  • 1892-present – held by the British Library

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.

Dedication To the Right Honorable Robert, Earle of Essex
An Admonition to the Noble, Ancient, Victorious, Valiant, and Most Brave Nation of Englishmen
Issues with claimed Swordmasters
The Acquisition of Skill
The Principles of Fighting
Of Weapons and Vantages
Questions and Answers between the Scholar and the Master
Of Skilled Men and Valiant Men
Of Rapiers and Poniards
Conclusions
A Brief Note on Three Italian Teachers of Offense

Gallery

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

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

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