A Gentleman's Guide to Duelling
Vincentio Saviolo's 'Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels'
Annotated woodcuts of historical duels and methodical swordplay illustrate this classic guide to resolving a gentlemen’s disagreement in Elizabethan England. Honour, pride and shame were at the heart of most duels, and Italian fencing master Vincentio Saviolo’s prose, which has been subtly updated for the modern reader, suggests ways for both challenger and defender to navigate the labyrinth of etiquette without resort to the rapier, his favoured weapon of combat.
English Civic Pageantry
David M Bergeron’s revised edition of his 1971 study looks anew at the variety and vitality of English civic pageants. It focuses on royal entries, progress pageants and Lord Mayor’s Shows, and argues that these pageants took part in and contributed to the burgeoning theatre world.