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The Academy of the Sword
Gerard Thibault, Translated by John Michael Greer
ISBN: 9781904658849
Book (Hardcover)
AEON Books
$60.00
7.44 x 9.7
512 pages
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March 1, 2017


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Four centuries ago, the famed swordsman Gerard Thibault d’Anvers wrote one of the forgotten classics of the Western esoteric tradition—a comprehensive manual of swordsmanship as a Western martial art based on Renaissance sacred geometry.

Rescued from oblivion and translated into readable English by widely respected modern occultist John Michael Greer, The Academy of the Sword is an astonishingly detailed instructional guide on the way of the sword as it was practiced in the age of the of Musketeers. It covers every aspect of sword training from stance and footwork and the development of sensitivity and timing to hundreds of detailed techniques for overcoming opponents armed with all of the standard weapons of the time.

This new volume also lavishly reproduces the beautiful 17th-century etchings that accompany the instructions, and which provide a compelling glimpse into the ritualistic world of duelling.

The Academy of the Sword will be invaluable to readers interested in historical Western martial arts, students of stage fight, and practitioners of sacred geometry alike.

Gérard Thibault d’Anvers (ca. 1574–1627) was a Dutch fencing master and author of the 1628 rapier manual Academie de l’espée (The Academy of the Sword).
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One of the most widely respected voices in contemporary occult studies, John Michael Greer is the award-winning author of more than fifty books, including The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, The Druidry Handbook, The Celtic Golden Dawn, and Circles of Power. An initiate in Freemasonry, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, Greer served as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America for twelve years. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland, an old mill town in the Appalachian mountains of western Maryland, with his wife Sara.
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