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“Useful, helpful, absorbing, entertaining. Whether you are interested in weaponry or, like me, researching details for a novel, this is the book for you.” Helen Hollick, Amazon customer.
Your search for a book that will feed your passion for and deepen your knowledge of swordsmanship ends here.
Guy Windsor’s Swordfighting offers insight into this magnificent historical Eur
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published March 20th 2015 by The School of European Swordsmanship
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Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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So I came to this book hoping to find a book on how to write really good sword fights. This book wasn't really that. I mean, it was certainly present in the book, and Windsor did devote a whole chapter to it. But if that was the only thing I was looking to get from this book, I don't know if I really gained that much from it.

What I did get was an insight into the mind of a sword fighter and how he tends to think. I got to look through the eyes of someone who is devoted to the craft and to see ho
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it to be a love letter to swordfighting more than a reference for writers and game designers as advertised in the title. The information in it is enlightening on the practice of swordfighting as a modern activity (lots of it are blog post revisited from his site) but I found there was little information on swordfighting in historical context that I was hoping for.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A collection of posts from Mr Windsor's blog, this book is an extremely mixed bag. Like trail mix, some of the bits are delicious and useful, other bits not so much. For example, I'm not a scholar or a fencing instructor, and so many of the sections, particularly on researching and translating old manuscripts, or the nitty gritty details of instruction, made my eyes cross and had to be skipped, though I'm sure a different audience would have found them fascinating. I don't like raisins in my tra ...more
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Excellent information for writing fight scenes.
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Aj keď o písaní tam toho veľa bolo menej, než som čakal, bola to aspoň zaujímavá motivačná kniha.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I picked up this book for two reasons : 1. I am a dyslexic fantasy writer, who loves including sword fights in her prose. 2. I started attending sword fighting classes, fell in love with it, than promptly cracked 5 ribs doing something completely unrelated to sword fighting and have to wait until the new year to start it again. I was desperately attempting to find books to read that would bridge the gap between my last class and when I can start again to fuel an obsession that someone as acciden ...more
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I am a swordsman, writer, and entrepreneur. I research and teach medieval and Renaissance Italian swordsmanship, blog about it, write books about it, have developed a card game to teach it (which involved founding another company, and crowdfunding), and run The School of European Swordsmanship.

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