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This book tells the story of eighteenth century Ireland's most renowned duelists, gladiators, swordsmen, and fencing masters. It also contains a rare fencing treatise, now published again for the first time in more than 230 years, that is the only known original Irish treatment of swordsmanship published in Ireland during the eighteenth century.
This book contains five Scottish texts from the eighteenth century, which have not been published in centuries, treating of the martial use of the broadsword, small-sword, spadroon, targe, and battlefield tactics.
For centuries the Irish have been associated with a stick weapon called the Shillelagh. And for generations of Irishmen, the Shillelagh was a badge of honor - a symbol of their courage, their martial prowess and their willingness to fight for their rights and their honor. In modern popular culture, the Shillelagh has acquired a less appealing image, one that attempts to declaw the Irish through negative racial stereotypes of the Victorian era, which depict the Irish as harmless club-weilding Leprecauns or drunken, half-witted brawlers. John Hurley's illuminating study forever alters our view of this much maligned and misunderstood cultural icon by revealing the true martial arts culture of the Irish people, its history, evolution and decline and the resulting effects on the Shillelagh - the most powerful and controversial of Irish icons.
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