The Academy of the Sword. Illustrated Fencing Books, by Donald J. LaRocca

By Donald J. LaRocca

The Academy of the Sword facilities on an assemblage of infrequent illustrated books dedicated to the topic of fencing and dueling, drawn (with one exception) from the library of the hands and Armor division of The Metropolitan Museum of paintings. The identify is taken from Girard Thibault’s Academie de I’Espee (Leiden, 1628), the main lavish fencing publication ever produced, which used to be kindly lent via the Museum’s Thomas J. Watson Library. Accompanying the books and giving brilliant effect to their illustrations are a range of swords, rapiers, parrying daggers, bucklers, and different accoutrements, which stick to the chronology of, and alterations in, combating kinds depicted within the books. those guns have been usually handled not just as sidearms, but additionally as trendy dress add-ons. The ornament of hilts, scabbards, and belts usually exemplifies the existing inventive kinds of a given interval, from Renaissance and Mannerism via Baroque and Rococo to Neoclassical. Hilts have been designed via famous engravers similar to Hans Sebald Beham and Virgil Solis, best goldsmiths together with Wenzel Jamnitzer and Luigi Valadier, and significant artists from Hans Holbein and Giulio Romano to Jacques Louis David.

This book is issued along with the exhibition «The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books, 1500-1800,” held on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork, manhattan, from June 9,1998, to fall of 1999.

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Furthermore, most archers who are fixated on modern archery show little interest in learning anything about the archery of old. To such people, “traditional” archery gear means a willow-limb bow and a cotton string. Not long ago I visited a photo lab in Anchorage, Alaska to pick up some color prints of my archery hunting clients. One of the photos showed a great bull moose one of my hunters had killed with a recurved bow. The moose had an antler spread of 67-inches and had weighed approximately 1600 pounds on the hoof.

Morale of the Persian army was at an all-time low. C. revealed a relatively small band of a thousand Scythian horsemen on a grassy hill two miles from the main Persian force. The Scythian horse-bowmen paused for a moment atop the hill and then charged directly down toward the great Persian host. The thunder of their approaching hoofbeats was instantly matched by a clamor from the Persian infantrymen as they realized they were being attacked by this puny force. The clamor became a roar as thousands of foot soldiers uttered battle cries as they hastily grabbed lances and swords and prepared to do battle.

Making traditional bows and arrows isn’t easy either. But both making traditional gear and becoming proficient with it are well within the reach of an individual who is truly dedicated to archery. And the results are well worth the effort! My own experience in archery, which now has spanned close to 30 years, has come around full-circle. I started out in the mid-1960’s by making self wood bows of Pacific yew and Osage orange and then graduated to laminated longbows of yew and fiberglass. After that I began building heavy-handled laminated recurved bows of maple and fiberglass and experimented with such things as overdraw systems and even bow sights.

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