British Naval Swords and Swordsmanship

Mark Barton, John McGrath

Date Published :
August 2013
Publisher :
Seaforth Publishing
Illustration :
More than 300 color and b/w illustrations
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848321359
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock
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This new publication is intended to bring together a mass of research dealing with all aspects of British naval swords. Unlike the much sought after Swords and Sea Service by May and Annis, this work offers a far broader coverage and, for the first time, the complete story of swords and swordsmanship is presented in one concise volume.

While the swords themselves are described, the authors also tell the story of naval swordsmanship. For example, subjects such as how swords and cutlasses were used in action and how training was conducted are covered. The authors also address how the use of swords developed into a sport in the Navy, and how swords and swordsmanship entered naval symbology in such areas as ships’ names. Many current myths are addressed and corrected, and the story is brought right up to date with information on the sport from the 1948 to 2000.

While the book concentrates on the Royal Navy, foreign weapons are included where necessary, while other British organizations such as the Merchant Navy, and the Cost Guard and Customs are also dealt with. Appendices cover subjects such as the dating, collecting and conservation of swords.

The comprehensive nature of the work has not been attempted before and the work will appeal to a wide range of naval enthusiasts and historians, collectors of weapons, fencers and re-enactors.

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