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By the Sword by Richard  Cohen
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Mar 21, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: historical_martial_arts

This is a book that could finally have unseated Egerton Castle's appallingly Victorian "Schools and Masters of Fence" as the definitive book on the history of swordsmanship. Instead, the author often parrots the same misconceptions or invents entirely new ones. It is an entertaining and engaging book, but those looking for an accurate history of swords and sword-fighters would be better served to read Sydney Anglo's "Marital Arts of Renaissance Europe" and J. Christoph Amberger's "Secret History of the Sword."
All in all, this book is nothing special, and should be regarded as a decently-written curiosity or tribute by the author to a subject he obviously loves rather than a reliable hoplological work.
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Jeremy Did you mean 'Secret History of the Sword' by J. Chritoph Amberger?

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Ben Jeremy wrote: "Did you mean 'Secret History of the Sword' by J. Chritoph Amberger?"

Yes. Yes I did. I don't know where I got "Stephen" from. But J. Christoph Amberger's book is the one that this book aspires to be and fails.

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