Rapier vs Longsword

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

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. Because Starbreaker is too big for Curiosity Quills Press to publish in a single volume, I broke it into four parts. The first, "Without Bloodshed", is available now in electronic and paperback editions through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other internet retailers.

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  1. Reminds me of some of http://thearma.org If only someone would act out the entire Talhoffer.

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  2. he does link to thearma. and thanks for that i’ve been looking for that sort of resource

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  3. Really enjoyable viewing for me. I don’t think everything that Mike and Nick did was strictly believable for “real” fighting. Especially when Mike reached to strike with only his BACK hand (the left), the resulting “hit” was obviously much more like “tag, you’re it” than a wound. But overall the remarkable reach advantage of the side-stance and ability of the rapier to at least partially deflect the longsword countered the weight and breadth advantage. One important consideration to bear in mind would be the chance for snapping a blade with all that on-blade blocking- advantage longsword there. And I think in terms of a “real” duel, you’re usually looking at zero time to wait around, feint, void, etc. It’s on- so most likely the rapier wins quick, or loses slow.

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