By the Sword : Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai Warriors, Swashbucklers and Olympians Paperback
The art and science of sword fighting goes back almost to the dawn of civilization and has been an obsession for much of mankind throughout recorded history.
From the Roman arena to feudal Japan and from the duellists of Europe to the development of modern-day Olympic fencing, Richard Cohen traces the course of swordsmanship with wit and erudition in a fascinating and wonderfully discursive account.
Packed with anecdote, superbly written and built on a solid foundation of historical research, this is a tribute to a deadly but beautiful skill, the mastery of which for centuries defined a man.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages, 77 b-w integrated photographs
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/03/2010
- Category: History: specific events & topics
- ISBN: 9781847396709