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Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies: A Nineteenth-Century Treatise on Boxing, Kicking, Grappling, and Fencing with the Cane and Quarterstaff

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Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies is the treatise of Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery, a master swordsman who participated in more than fifty duels, fought under twelve flags, battled gangsters, and was constantly involved in the great conflicts and upheavals of his time. This book is the magnum opus of this remarkable and colorful character, originally published in the 1 ...more
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Published April 21st 2015 by Blue Snake Books
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Tim
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short but comprehensive treatise on fisticuffs, plus a bit on fighting with the cane and staff, augmented by a modern editor’s summary of Col. Monstery’s fascinating life.
Zeb Kantrowitz
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book is divided into two parts: the first is a biography (of sorts) of Colonel Monstery, while the second is a treatise by the Colonel on self-defense.

The biography of the Colonel was written by the editor Ben Miller. Monstery was born in Denmark and spent much of his childhood in that country where his family were members of the minor aristocracy. During his life he fought for over twelve countries, either on the side of the government or the rebels. He also fought on the Union side where
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Michael Philliber
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
There it was, that dashing bar-fight scene where Sherlock Holmes (played by Jeremy Brett) fights Mr. Woodley as a gentleman. The scuffle ends with victory for Mr. Holmes, the prostration of Mr. Woodley and the applause of the pub patrons. The fighting style looks odd when compared to more modern versions of Sherlock Holmes, but there is a historical twinge to the scene. In the 19th Century England and America there were men putting themselves forward as experts in self-defense, some of whom had ...more
Bruno Rio
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting book about a XIX century Master of arms. I'd say the stories are better than the technical part of the book which is too simplistic and not really enlightning.

Not quite what I expected. Still an interesting overview on a real european Martial artist from other century.
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B.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved every bit of this book. The story of Monstary is incredible and someone should immediately make it into a movie. The lessons taught are slightly outdated, but the principles of self defense taught herein are still strong.
Holly
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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Completely fell for the title and pre-ordered months ago. While a good read in itself, Monstery takes the cake. His life is utterly fascinating; his experiments with his poor son-Interesting, I laughed aloud at the outcome, but maybe I shouldn't have. Monstery's comments about women were also a highlight and surprising to read, especially considering that they were published as a running series. Now to hunt down a biography. Oh-and also imparted a tidbit of info concerning Victorian hair-styling ...more
Julie Witte
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Hmm, I guess it would be interesting in person, but showing a person how to use any weapon should be experienced first hand. I have no doubt that the author was a great fighter, but this book was best left in the 1800's in my opinion. Loved the photos. ...more
Kme_17
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I received this as a first read. Wow what an unique fun book. I enjoyed not just the writing in this book but the whole experience of reading this one. Definitely a fun departure from what I usually read and even have seen. Great read!
Edward
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies: A Nineteenth-Century Treatise on Boxing, Kicking, Grappling, and Fencing with the Cane and Quarterstaff as a first reads contest. Thank You.

I found the biography section very interesting, and his instruction on fighting was quite informative.
Chuck Kechter
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lot of fun to read.

IMO, most of the information is pretty dated, but oddly foreshadows a lot of the information learned over my 44 years in martial art and combat sport.

And, if half the stories of Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery are true, he was a real badass!
John
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I found the first paragraph most interesting. The remainder is a good primary source for a historian. I would been more interested if current drawings or photos were used to illustrate the rest.
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