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The Encyclopedia of the Sword
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Preface Introduction The Encyclopedia Appendix A: Types of Swords Appendix B: Historical Fencing Masters Appendix C: Noted Swashbuckler Films Appendix D: Actors Who Fenced in Movies Appendix E: Film Fencing Masters Index

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The first comprehensive encyclopedia on all aspects of the sword in warfare and fencing.

About the Author

NICK EVANGELISTA is a Fencing Master who was trained in Europe and the United States and who teaches both sport and theatrical fencing. In addition, he is a freelance writer and has been a fencing technical consultant to the film industry.

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"In regard to 20th-century fencing and the Anglo-American tradition, it is the best and most comprehensive reference book published thus far. It is the first to systematically devote space to cover swordplay in the movies, television, plup fiction, and comic books. The Encyclopedia also provides a refreshingly global perspective, uniting Western and Asian traditions, particularly in regard to Kendo and the related Japanese traditions. It provides answers for nearly all questions regarding the sword and its use in history, as well as starting points for much-needed critical investigation into modern fencing mythology."-Hammesterz Forum "Evangelista has succeeded admirably in achieving his aim of bringing "all aspects of sword knowledge under one roof."-European Studies Journal ..."this encyclopedia is a most welcome addition to the field. This book should prove useful, and it is recommended for the reference collection of academic and large public libraries."-RQ ..."serves as both a glossary of fencing terms and a repository of facts concerning actors and films in which sword-play is prominent. Equal time is given to historical, mythical, and Japanese swordsmanship, so that this can be used as a literary reference as well as a sportsman's guide."-College & Research Libraries News "The Encyclopedia of the Sword is the first comprehensive treatment of the weapon that has played a key role in human history. Evangelista has assembled a massive amount of information about virtually every artistic, cultural, historical, literary, popular, and symbolic aspect of the sword at all times and in all countries. This will truly serve as the definitive text on the subject for many years to come. ... Libraries of all kind should concider this as a valuable addition to their social historical collections and not simply as another weapons book with limited value."-ARBA ?Evangelista has succeeded admirably in achieving his aim of bringing "all aspects of sword knowledge under one roof.?-European Studies Journal ?...this encyclopedia is a most welcome addition to the field. This book should prove useful, and it is recommended for the reference collection of academic and large public libraries.?-RQ ?...serves as both a glossary of fencing terms and a repository of facts concerning actors and films in which sword-play is prominent. Equal time is given to historical, mythical, and Japanese swordsmanship, so that this can be used as a literary reference as well as a sportsman's guide.?-College & Research Libraries News ?The Encyclopedia of the Sword is the first comprehensive treatment of the weapon that has played a key role in human history. Evangelista has assembled a massive amount of information about virtually every artistic, cultural, historical, literary, popular, and symbolic aspect of the sword at all times and in all countries. This will truly serve as the definitive text on the subject for many years to come. ... Libraries of all kind should concider this as a valuable addition to their social historical collections and not simply as another weapons book with limited value.?-ARBA ?In regard to 20th-century fencing and the Anglo-American tradition, it is the best and most comprehensive reference book published thus far. It is the first to systematically devote space to cover swordplay in the movies, television, plup fiction, and comic books. The Encyclopedia also provides a refreshingly global perspective, uniting Western and Asian traditions, particularly in regard to Kendo and the related Japanese traditions. It provides answers for nearly all questions regarding the sword and its use in history, as well as starting points for much-needed critical investigation into modern fencing mythology.?-Hammesterz Forum .,."this encyclopedia is a most welcome addition to the field. This book should prove useful, and it is recommended for the reference collection of academic and large public libraries."-RQ .,."serves as both a glossary of fencing terms and a repository of facts concerning actors and films in which sword-play is prominent. Equal time is given to historical, mythical, and Japanese swordsmanship, so that this can be used as a literary reference as well as a sportsman's guide."-College & Research Libraries News

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