The ART of
or, the USE of the
and skill being often of
little use without a
good Weapon, I think it
necessary, before I lay
down rules for using it,
to show how to choose a
good blade, and how it
ought to be mounted"
Sword, since it's first Invention, has
been used in different Manners: First,
with a Shield or Buckler; Secondly,
with a Helmet, and Thirdly, with a
Dagger, which is still used in Spain
Mr. Patinotris, who taught at Rome,
introduced, and laid down Rules for
the Use of the Small Sword alone,
which has since been much improved by
the French and our Nations.
As the Art of Fencing consists in
attacking and defending with the
Sword, it is necessary that every
Motion and Situation tend to these two
principal Points, viz. In offending to
be defended, and in defending to be in
an immediate Condition to offend.
There is no Guard but has it's Thrust,
and no Thrust without it's Parade, no
Parade without it's Feint, no Feint
without it's opposite Time or Motion,
no opposite Time or Motion but has
it's Counter, and there is even a
Counter to that Counter.
Some injudicious Persons have objected
to Mr. L'abbat's Manner of Fencing,
that it is too beautiful and nice,
without observing that if it be
beautiful, it cannot be dangerous,
Beauty consisting in Rule, and Rule in
the Safety of attacking and defending.
In Fencing, there are five Figures of
the Wrist, viz. Prime, Seconde,
Tierce, Quart, and Quinte. The first
is of very little Use, and the last of
none at all.
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