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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A modern training manual for the 17th century rapier, lavishly illustrated with over photographs, the Duellist's Companion is a complete training system for rapier, the Queen of Weapons.
Guy Windsor, author of the popular longsword text The Swordsmans' Companion, has triumphed in this work, which guides the beginner through the rapier, based on the world of Capo Ferro's masterpiece, Gran Simulacro.
Italian rapier dominated Europe from the 17th - 19th centuries. This book demonstrates convincingly why it was so successful. Read more Read less. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. Fighting with the German Longsword.
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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Perhaps the best interpretation for Capoferro's rapier treatise. Every concepts and moves were interpreted very well and explained the reasons behind them. The attention to detail is concerned, and the writing attitude is very honest. However there are some serious draw backs. First the illustrations are pretty unclear and for me, most of the time they don't really help.
Usually it's impossible to see relative positions of rapiers of the two person, and it's hard to figure out who's the trainer and who's the master. The illustrations are pretty small and lack of contrast.
They might be improved if they're in colors instead of in monotones. Additionally, it only interprets some of the capoferro's techniques. I highly reccomend it because the book is directed at creating a complete system in the modern context. There are guards, thrusts, several footwork plays all with a good explanation and step by step visual instruction.
On top of that there are plenty of drills for solo or group work and plenty of advice on core concepts. For a beginner, or instructor the book is very useful as both something to learn from, but also teach from.
For those who like historical manuals, Windsor's 'catch all' Italian makes a great complimentary resource. Where the book falls a little flat is in the concept of gaining the blade, or stringere. Windsor does his best to explain the concept and show many pictures to elaborate, but the photography is not up to the challenge of clearly depicting what rapier blades are up to, creating a sense of many images that appear but are not the same.
A minor issue, for the rest of the book is clearly photographed and easy to understand. Excellent book, very good in its presentation and the logical order in which the study of the rapier is introduced.
The exercises to develop skills specific to the rapier are also excellent and of use to anyone who teaches medieval swordsmanship. A great intermediate follow up read to The Swordsman's Companion that deals with slightly more advanced techniques and partner drills.
Great book when used with Guy's videos on YouTube. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
The Duellist’s Companion
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A modern training manual for the 17th century rapier, lavishly illustrated with over photographs, the Duellist's Companion is a complete training system for rapier, the Queen of Weapons. Guy Windsor, author of the popular longsword text The Swordsmans' Companion, has triumphed in this work, which guides the beginner through the rapier, based on the world of Capo Ferro's masterpiece, Gran Simulacro. Italian rapier dominated Europe from the 17th - 19th centuries. This book demonstrates convincingly why it was so successful.
Duellists Companion: A Training Manual for 17th Century Italian Rapier
The Duellists Companion a Training Manual for 17th Century Italian Rapier
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