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by Baron Cesar de Bazancourt

eBook Secrets of the Sword ePub
Author: Baron Cesar de Bazancourt
Language: English
ISBN: 188452818X
ISBN13: 978-1884528187
Publisher: Laureate Press; 1st edition (1998)
Pages: 246
Category: Individual Sports
Subcategory: Outdoors
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 361
Formats: lrf lit doc azw
ePub file: 1966 kb
Fb2 file: 1679 kb

Translation of Les secrets de l'épée.

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Secrets of the Sword book. Frédéric Joseph Lecat, baron de Bazancourt, connu sous le nom de plume de César Lecat de Bazancourt est un historien militaire français, directeur du librairie de Compiègne sous Louis Philippe. Books by César Lecat de Bazancourt. Mor. rivia About Secrets Of The Sword.

César Lecat baron de Bazancourt (1810–1865) was a French military historian, director of the library of Compiègne under Louis Philippe. He was born in Paris and was appointed official historiographer by Napoleon III, whom he accompanied during several campaigns.

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Читай онлайн книгу Secrets of the Sword, Baron Cesar de Bazancourt на сайте или через приложение ЛитРес Читай. This is especially the case when the original is such a work as Les Secrets de l’Épée, which so far from being a dry technical manual, that might be sufficiently rendered by a baldly literal version, is one of those fascinating, chatty books, written in a happy vein, in which the manner of writing is the matter of principal importance.

César Lecat baron de Bazancourt (1810-1865) est un littérateur et historien français du XIXe siècle. Elle était elle même la fille de César Louis Marie François Ange d'Houdetot, colonel de cavalerie, et de Constance Joséphine Céré et petit-fille de Sophie Lalive de Bellegarde. Son grand-père était Jean-Nicolas Céré, botaniste et agronome français. Il était également le neveu de Prosper de Barante.

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1. Secrets of the Sword. Baron Cesar de Bazancourt. Published by Laureate Press (1998). ISBN 10: 188452818X ISBN 13: 9781884528187.

Book by Baron Cesar de Bazancourt
Original
Originally published in 1862, Baron Cesar de Bazancourt's text takes the form of eleven evenings of discourse on the use of the the sword, as exercise, as a precise sporting science, and as combat. After 140+ years, one would expect the fencing techique to be dated, but it is much less dated than a treatise on marksmanship of the 1860s. As far as technique and training go, the only point I disagree with strongly enough to mention is his belief in fast movements in training (pp. 47-49; current theory in sports training is to use slower but correct repitions of movements to internalize them before moving on to faster execution of techniques).

But, as others have noted, it is fair to mention Bazancourt in the same breath with Musashi's "Book of Five Rings", and I would extend this even to compare it to bits of Sun Tzu. Bazancourt never refers to fencing as a microcosm of conflict on any scale, but if you read it with that thought in mind, it takes on a broad, almost visionary aspect. The single best example is "Distrust your enemy; never be overconfident...the unexpected always turns up just when you are least prepared for it" (p.226), but other nuggets are scattered through it.

He was also a rebel against the rigid training and formalities of the day. I like this. He articulates his issues with the status quo clearly and logically, and serves as a sterling example to any young rebel in any discipline.

It doesn't matter if you fence or not, this is a great work on the philosophy of the sword, the philosophy of rebelling, and the philosophy of conflict.
nailer
It seems really good until late in the book when the author takes a strong stance against any technique using the empty left hand to parry or grab an opponent's blade. Not because of the danger to yourself but because it's "wrong."
Villo
A classic for the scholar and serious practice of the art and science.
Owomed
Great Book !
Tiainar
The Baron de Bazancount wrote an interesting little volume on fencing (nicely illustrated) at the turn of the century, which has now been faithfully reprinted by Laureate Press. I'm not exactly sure I agree with his fencing philosophy in total. Some of his views on training are debateable. He was a bit too much of a generalist in his attempt to "demystify" and "simplify" fencing. He might even have been a bit of a fencing "socialist." Maybe not an anarchist, but he was definitely pushing fencing's classical foundations. So, if you don't take "Secrets of the Sword" as a teaching manual, you'll be fine. Read it as a look into fencing's fascinating past, and you'll be fine. As the author of "The Encyclopedia of the Sword," "The Art and Science of Fencing," and "The Inner Game of Fencing;" and the Editor-in-Chief of FENCERS QUARTERLY MAGAINE, I recommend this book.
Bloodfire
There's been a lengthy review, so I'll keep it short. This book was a pleasure to read, with a casual air that pulls one along. As a beginning fencer, the presentation of a knowledgeable fencer speaking to a non-fencing group, providing a simple (but progressively deeper) overview of the art/sport/skill over a series of evening talks, met my needs wonderfully. Even so, it is clear that some of the topics (this book was written almost 150 years ago) are apparently still being debated in contemporary fencing. This book was a clever and refreshing break from some of the "heavier" fencing literature I have been reading. I would have to believe that the more you know of fencing, the more you will get from this book.
Vuzahn
I first read this book when studying in Italy on a Erasmus exchange. Up to then I had been a fairly mediaocre fencer, but I came out of that year being a much better swordsman. The first reason was because of the amazing standard of coaching in Italy. And second reason is because of this book. Some people have already made a comparison with the "book of 5 rings" in martial arts and it is easy to see why. This book deals with the "essence" and spirit of fencing, which still can be found even now more in France and Italy than anywhere else. While the technical elements of this book are questionable, the essence is not: Like Bruce Lee said there are three stages in learning any art: Learning the form, Mastering the form,and dissolving the form. This Fencing book is mostly about the the last part: Once you have mastered swordplay it is important to add aspects which are specifically your own, or what Bazancourt terms "the native hue of resolution". He does not advocate slapdash swordplay: On the contrary, the brutal and ill trained swordsman is likely to come off worse against a trained and experienced opponent, as confidence and training is on your side and not his. However Bazancourt does warn against becoming too institutionalised and obsessed with form and complication. After becoming supremely trained one must strike out ones own path. Bazancourt adovocates fighting all manner of opponents and not to sniff at different styles or levels of aggression. Its not enough to be perfectly drilled at fencing - one must "prove" ones superiority. This complemented what I was taught in Italy by an old maestro:

"fai la tua scherma" Do your own fencing.

On the whole I recommend this book not only as a means of striking out on your own style (though hey guys,developing your own style in bouts is not a substitute for good constant practice with your instructor and keeping up those footwork drills!),but also as a nostalgic look at fencing's past, which quirks and eccentricities live only in maybe the memory of some very old europeans and, celebrated still in salles around the world and hinted at in old films and books. It is above all a book of "maxims" or "rules of thumb" and should be treated as such rather than a technical manual. Advanced fencers and begginers will love it. The former because of the wry wisdom in the book, the latter beacause of the romanticism in it.

And last of all I leave this review with a very old Italian fencing proverb:

" Battuta e Botta ditta, mai finta"

which means applied to fencing,beat attack, never feint...but in italian it has a alterior meaning regarding women it means "a quick joke and get stuck in...dont pretend"

Bazancourt would have probably known it!
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