The Art of Defence on Foot
by Charles Roworth
Biography by Keith Farrell
Brief essay by Ben Kerr
In 1798, Charles Roworth published his first edition of The Art of Defence on Foot with the Broadsword and Sabre, uniting the Scotch and Austrian methods into one Regular System.
Although not a fencing master himself, Roworth's book provides an
easy-to-follow system for a student of the broadsword or sabre. His
instructions are clear and presume no prior knowledge of the sword; the
book works well for beginners, yet even experienced swordsmen will
benefit from Roworth's explanations of and rationales for techniques.
This facsimile has been recreated from the original treatise owned by
the Academy of Historical Arts in Glasgow. Each page has been
photographed carefully and edited to provide an exacting reproduction of
the highest quality. Additionally, the work includes a biography of
Charles Roworth by Keith Farrell, and a brief essay by Ben Kerr on the
Long-S character found within the original printed text.