Smallsword… for we are many.

“Draw not your Sword but to serve the King, preserve your Honour, or defend your Life.” “Art of Fencing”, Monsieur L’Abbat, 1696 (Andrew Mahon, 1735) To begin examining this weapon we can start off with the famous quote from the Biblical parable: “And He (Jesus) asked him (the man), “What is thy name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion: for we are many.” Alfred Hutton in 1901 in his work The Sword Through the Centuries wrote: “The large handsome rapier of the Mignons and the Musketeers dissappeared, and its place was taken by a decidedly short weapon, the early from...

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