Hutton's "Old Sword-Play" was part of a triad of great Victorian practitioners of the sword, the other two being Sir Richard Burton and Egerton Castle. As a Victorian, Hutton partakes of all the limitations of his school. He completely discounts all swordsmanship before the 16th century. He takes a progressive view of swordsmanship, which presumes evolution towards greater and greater "perfection", although he does not show this nearly as heavily as do Burton or Castle. He also is very prone to extending the techniques of his own time and school into the past, whether or not it was appropriate. However, taking these limitations into account, his work is an adequate introduction to the techniques of swordplay from the 16th through 18th centuries--provided the student goes on beyond Hutton.
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