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.
About the Author
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).
John Michael Greer is the award-winning author of more than fifty books, including The Occult Book, The Druidry Handbook, The Celtic Golden Dawn, and Circles of Power: An Introduction to Hermetic Magic. 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 (AODA) for twelve years. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife Sara. Greer is also the author of eleven fantasy and science fiction novels and ten nonfiction books on peak oil and the future of industrial society, and also blogs weekly on politics, magic, and the future at www.ecosophia.net.