This is part of an ongoing project to summarize and provide SCA focused commentary on The Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence by Joseph Swetnam, published in 1617.
For links to the other sections of the Swetnam Project please go here.
I am using this facsimile: http://tysonwright.com/sword/SwetnamSchooleOfDefence.pdf for the project.
We have now reached the combat portion of the manual. There is a major change here in that the rest of the book is part of chapter 12. The table of contents has broken it down into 18 sections. I will be using the sections as they are listed, but as with the previous chapters still using each inline heading as the heading for the post.
I may need to go back through and add more sections if my posts prove too long, but I’ll cross that bridge when I burn it.
Chap. XII. Sheweth of seauen Principall rules whereon true defence is grounded.
The seven principles are:
- A good guard
- True observing of distance
- To know the place
- To take time
- To keep space
- Often practice