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By the Sword
By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions | Richard Cohen
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Napoleon fenced. So did Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Grace Kelly, and President Truman, who would cross swords with his daughter, Margaret, when she came home from school. Lincoln was a canny dueler. Igantius Loyala challenged a man to a duel for denying Christs divinity (and won). Less successful, but no less enthusiastic, was Mussolini, who would tell his wife he was off to get spaghetti, their code to avoid alarming the children. By the Sword is an epic history of sword fightinga science, an art, and, for many, a religion that began at the dawn of civilization in ancient Egypt and has been an obsession for mankind ever since. With wit and insight, Richard Cohen gives us an engrossing history of the world via the sword. With a new Preface by the author.
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CrowCAH
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#RedRoseSeptember #History

The history of the sword 🗡; quite fascinating!

Cinfhen I bet it is!! I‘m intrigued #stacked 1w
arlenefinnigan Nice sword 😳 1w
CrowCAH @arlenefinnigan it‘s a letter opener! 😉 1w
arlenefinnigan @CrowCAH uh huh. Sure. *backs away slowly* 1w
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Bought these awesome letter openers from http://www.by-the-sword.com/

A pirate cutlass, with sheath (not pictured), for me.

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Excalibur, with sheath (not pictured), for my King Arthur obsessed friend, who loaned me this book, By the Sword!

Lmstraubie Very 😎 and a great picture. 3y
CrowCAH @Lmstraubie thank you! 😁 3y
alonnawilliams Where'd you get the swords? 😍 3y
CrowCAH @alonnawilliams thanks, the link in the post is where you can buy them, by-the-sword.com! 3y
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CrowCAH
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#recentnonfictionread #marchintoreading #luminere #bbbmarch17

Killed to photo challenges with one photo!

Been reading these non-fiction books and I put them by my candelabras from the library's used book store! #SHPL

Branwen Those are gorgeous!:-) 3y
CrowCAH @Branwen thanks; I ❤️ them! They're pretty heavy, so great weapon in case of attack lol. 3y
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#bookandyourfavesnack
Reading By the Sword and Dumas' The Three Musketeers was mentioned; d'Artagnan was modeled after a real person!
#readjanuary

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CrowCAH
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"Three" is a slow TBR for a book club, where we discuss so many chapters at a time. "Sword" will be finished this month; its a borrowed book! I'm reading this book as research for my historical pirate romance novel I'm writing. #readjanuary

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CrowCAH
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This book, By the Sword, will be finished in December, after NaNoWriMo! #currentlyreading #photoadaynov16

Branwen Whoohoo! :-) 3y
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The first nonfictional book I can recall reading since getting out of college! At least I won't be tested on it! Lol

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Oblomov26
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I have always been fascinated by swordsmanship and picked this up on whim. A very good history of swordsmanship with an emphasis on European techniques, culminating in modern sport fencing, a sport which bears little similarity to its historical origins, written by an author who has fenced for years

Oblomov26 Just a note that it was amusing to find that the names of the sword schools that Inigo and the Man in Black mention in their duel scene were largely accurate and reflected know schools and masters during the Renaissance. 3y
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