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Old 10-04-2016, 08:27 AM   #1
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I'm hunting for the best sword fights in literature. Not the best story, necessarily, but the best blow-by-blow descriptions of the duel itself. Thrust - parry - riposte - lunge; that sort of thing.

Any ideas for me?
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:46 AM   #2
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Rafael Sabatini is a start. He was a conscientious researcher and knew his stuff. Several of his books have sword duels. i haven't read "Scaramouche" lately, which has a French revolution setting, but I recall that "Scaramouche" himself became a fencing master.

"The Lion's Skin" has a sword duel as a key element.
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:05 PM   #3
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Thanks, PM!

Sabatini certainly does know his stuff! A skilled writer, as well; he keeps me turning the pages.

I will advance The Lion's Skin to the top of TBR!
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It's been a long time since I read it, but "Perchance to Dream" by Mack Reynolds (scifi) had some sword fighting scenes in it. I can't remember if they were accurate though, but they were important to the story. The sword fighting was done using Roman short swords, and was about battle sword work rather than fencing. Like I said, I can't remember if the descriptions are detailed or not, but it may be worth checking out to see if they are.
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KJ Parker's "Fencer Trilogy". Parker's writing is not everyone's cup of tea, but his knowledge of fencing, sword/armor-making, and the engineering of medieval warfare in general is quite extensive. He also has a standalone novel called Sharps that is centered around fencing.

Paul Edwin Zimmer (Marion Zimmer Bradley's brother) wrote the "Dark Border" fantasy duology (there were some other books tacked on as after thoughts later, but I don't really include them). Zimmer was a swordmaster himself, and the sword fights in those two books were some of the most memorable I've ever read.
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Paul Edwin Zimmer (Marion Zimmer Bradley's brother) wrote the "Dark Border" fantasy duology (there were some other books tacked on as after thoughts later, but I don't really include them). Zimmer was a swordmaster himself, and the sword fights in those two books were some of the most memorable I've ever read.
He and his sister also wrote the Hunters of the Red Moon and it's sequel The Survivors. They are science fiction and the hero is a master of the katana.

There is also the four book series Kensho. It is science fiction too. I do not think it is available as ebooks though.
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Thanks, JSW. I'm due to re-read Three Musketeers. Wish it had a better ending.
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It's been a long time since I read it, but "Perchance to Dream" by Mack Reynolds (scifi) had some sword fighting scenes in it. I can't remember if they were accurate though, but they were important to the story. The sword fighting was done using Roman short swords, and was about battle sword work rather than fencing. Like I said, I can't remember if the descriptions are detailed or not, but it may be worth checking out to see if they are.
Looks waaaaaaay out of print, but I'll put it on my radar! Thanks!
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He and his sister also wrote the Hunters of the Red Moon and it's sequel The Survivors. They are science fiction and the hero is a master of the katana.

There is also the four book series Kensho. It is science fiction too. I do not think it is available as ebooks though.
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I have all those in paper, but unfortunately, I don't think any are available in ebook. Paul Zimmer died back in 97. I'm not sure what happened to Dennis Schmidt, author of the Kensho series. The Hunters of the Red Moon and the Survivors is available as an ebook. While I really enjoyed the series, it's pretty obscure and hard to find now. Both series seem to be orphaned.
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I have all those in paper, but unfortunately, I don't think any are available in ebook. Paul Zimmer died back in 97. I'm not sure what happened to Dennis Schmidt, author of the Kensho series. The Hunters of the Red Moon and the Survivors is available as an ebook. While I really enjoyed the series, it's pretty obscure and hard to find now. Both series seem to be orphaned.
Yes they are. I have all of them in paper and they are well worn. If they were available in ebook, like Hunter's of the Red Moon and Survivor, I would buy them.
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Ooh! This might be just the thing!

Many thanks!
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Yes they are. I have all of them in paper and they are well worn. If they were available in ebook, like Hunter's of the Red Moon and Survivor, I would buy them.
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