Of the Single Rapier: An English translation of Johannes Georgius Bruchius
by Reinier van Noort
The original text:
Grondige Beschryvinge van de Edele ende Ridderlijcke Scherm - ofte Wapen-Konste
Thorough Description of the Noble and Knightly Fencing - or Weapon-Art
by Johannes Georgius Bruchius
1671, Johannes Georgius Bruchius published the Grondige Beschryvinge
van de Edele ende Ridderlijcke Scherm- ofte Wapen-Konste in Leiden, in
the Netherlands. In his work, Bruchius described a style of rapier
fencing that evolved from the teachings of Fabris. He presents this
style through a brief explanation of the principles of fencing followed
by 212 lessons.
Bruchius' weapon was the rapier: a
dangerous yet elegant sword of the 17th century. Its usage was dynamic
and effective, with a focus on personal safety through controlling the
opponent's blade. Not only does this treatise discuss bladework by way
of thrusts and parries, Bruchius teaches grappling and disarming
techniques, and provides many solutions to common problems that occur
during fencing practice.
van Noort first made a draft English translation of Bruchius' treatise
available in 2009. In this new book, he presents his fully reworked and
improved English translation of this important treatise, along with a
detailed biographical study on the fencing master Bruchius.
About the Author
Reinier van Noort has been researching and teaching rapier fencing since 2010, focusing mainly on the single rapier as used in the Netherlands and Germany in the late 17th century. He has translated the anonymous Vechtboek (UBL BPL 3281), Jéann Daniel L'Ange's Deutliche und gründliche Erklärung der adelichen und ritterlichen freyen Fecht-Kunst, Johann Georg Pascha's Kurtze iedoch Deutliche Beschribung handlend von Fechten auff den Stoß und Hieb, and more. Reinier has been a member of HEMAC since 2010. He received a Best Researcher Award at the 2014 HEMA Scholar Awards.