Girard Thibault Flemish. Generally acknowledged as the most lavish and artistically accomplished fencing book ever produced, Thibault's "Academy of the Sword" was sponsored by King Louis XIII of France and other European rulers. Its elaborate illustrations, including forty-six double-page plates, are signed by sixteen Flemish engravers. Thibault died shortly before its publication, not having completed the projected second part, which was to have dealt with equestrian combat. Illustrated: pl. Not on view.

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The book contains 46 beautiful printmakings about the art of fencing, considered as a real mathematical science in the seventeenth century. Academy of Girard Thibault d'Anvers. Or prove themselves by mathematical rules on the basis of a mysterious circle the theory and practice of true and hitherto unknown secrets of the handling of weapons on foot and on horseback. This book is a faithful reproduction of a work published before and is part of a collection of books reprinted at the request edited by Hachette Livre, in the framework of a partnership with the National Library of France, offering the opportunity of access to old and often rare books from the BnF's heritage funds.

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His manual is one of the most detailed and elaborate extant sources on rapier combat, painstakingly utilizing geometry and logic to defend his unorthodox style of swordsmanship. Not unlike the Spanish, Thibault advocated the use of upright postures, walking steps instead of lunges, and non-linear footwork. However, Thibault differed from his Spanish counterparts in many areas, including his preferred stance and grip. Details about Thibault's life are sparse, derived from his book and his album amicorum. Thibault first studied swordsmanship in Antwerp under Lambert van Someren, who taught between the years of and Thibault left Spain to return to the Netherlands, and was in Amsterdam as early as Thibault's only known work was a rapier manual whose full title can be translated as Academy of the Sword: wherein is demonstrated by mathematical rules on the foundation of a mysterious circle the theory and practice of the true and heretofore unknown secrets of handling arms on foot and horseback.

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