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Paradoxes of Defence in Audio: Original Pronunciation (audiobook)

Paradoxes of Defence in Audio: Original Pronunciation (audiobook)

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Paradoxes of Defence was first published in London in 1599. It was written by George Silver, an English gentleman, who was appalled at the influx of Italian rapier fencing into England, and set out his arguments in favour of the traditional English weapons: the short sword, the short staff, the forrest bill, the morris pike, and all manner of additional arms such as daggers, bucklers, and targes. He rails against the fashionable new style on the grounds that it is both dangerous to the practitioners, and of no use in warfare.

Whether he was right or wrong, history was against him and the fashionable Italian rapier took over. But his work offers a vital window into the theory and practice of martial arts in England in Tudor times, and ironically provides much of what we know about several Italian rapier masters: Rocco Bonetti, Vincentio Saviolo, and Jeronimo Saviolo.

In the audiobook edition, the text has been narrated by Ben Crystal in Original Pronunciation. The original text includes marginalia, which have been incorporated into the audio files, in two ways: with and without a reverberation, as if the speaker was further away in a large hall. In this package you have both versions.

We have also produced a version that has been modernised and edited by Guy Windsor, and narrated in modern pronunciation by Jonathan Hartman.

The text has been published as a companion volume to the audiobook version. It is available as an ebook and a large-print paperback.  

The Harp Music:

Andrew Lawrence-King recorded John Dowland’s Battle Galliard as a musical accompaniment to the book. Clips from the Galliard have been used to enhance the audiobooks, and you can also get the entire recording with either audiobook and with the sample pack.

When you buy this audiobook, it will be delivered by email from BookFunnel, so you can listen to it on your preferred device using the BookFunnel app.

Difficulty Level

  • Advanced

Which Weapon?

  • General HMA
  • Rapier

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