George Silver, 1599, "Paradoxes of Defense". Silver spends a fair amount of time frothing at the mouth about the folly of the new fangled Italian rapier play, as opposed to the English sword. He provides some interesting discussion on the proper use of sword and buckler, two-handed sword, dagger, various pole-arms, and pike. Core principles of the true fight are presented in the manuscript including the infamous 4 governors, true and false timing and the 4 grounds. More on this is can be found in the section covering theory and history in this manuscript.
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