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Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick (Farrell)



 
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Academy of Historical Arts Study Guide Series:
Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick
by Keith Farrell
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This book is an introduction to the history, use and context of the Scottish basket-hilted broadsword. As part of the Academy of Historical Arts Study Guide series, it is intended to serve as a study guide for practitioners of historical fencing who work with this weapon, or who would like to begin learning its style. Instructors will also find it helpful as it provides plenty of contextual information to use for illustrating lessons, and anecdotes to help students engage with the system.

Contained within is all the information required for self-study of two fascinating disciplines, Scottish broadsword and British singlestick, with salient points for study for people who do not have the luxury of regular access to a teacher. For practitioners who do receive regular tuition, this book will not replace input from your teacher, but will instead supplement it and offer a greater awareness and understanding of the context of the art that you study.

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A fine historical introduction January 30, 2015
Reviewer: Jake H from Canada  
The book can be broadly divided into three sections. The first and largest outlines the history and context for the subject weapons  For the new reader the book is nothing short of a treasure.

The middle section is a reprint of the 'Roworth' treatise - A very good choice for someone taking up the broadsword or single stick for the first time.

Finally we come to the gem of the book. The third section is Keith's "Salient Points for Study".  I would favour the book for this section alone.

On the down side, I have only two points which are mere nitpicks in comparison to the value of the book.

The first is the choice of subtitle. I would not call this book a 'study guide' as much as a 'historical introduction'. From the subtitle I was anticipating an original and more stepwise method for the solo practitioner.    I consider it an debatable choice of subtitle rather than a shortcoming in the content.

Overall I recommend this book highly.




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