I found a video from the Academy of Historical Fencing demonstrating rapier vs. longsword. This is relevant to my own interests, since I put a fair amount of sword-fighting in Starbreaker.
In particular, Morgan Stormrider wields a longsword against Imaginos, who favors the rapier when using a blade. Naomi Bradleigh, in the meantime, favors the side sword.
And while Imaginos learned his sword-fighting over thousands of years, and Naomi had experienced teachers, Morgan learned much of his technique from Renaissance fighting manuals like this one.
Two techniques from the longsword section in the Dresden codex
Sometimes it just isn’t enough to RTFM.
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I started writing when I was 18, after realizing I'd never be a world-class musician and finding a new dream to chase. I spent my entire adult life writing and rewriting Starbreaker, an epic hybrid of science fiction and fantasy with romantic elements inspired by classic heavy metal by Judas Priest, the Blue Öyster Cult, Iron Maiden, and Queensrÿche.
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