Angelo's Haymarket Room
Posted by P. Bingham on March 03, 1998 at 23:19:41:
In response to Fencing, written by ElaineL on March 03, 1998 at 18:36:17
Angelo's Haymarket Room usually pops up wherever fencing is mentioned in regards with the Regency period. Domenico Angelo was said to be responsible for turning fencing into a gentleman's sport and he taught fencing by "scientific" instruction. He authored a manual called The School of Fencing, which helped to promote the sport as a skill that enhanced a gentleman's physique, ie his poise and general athletiscm. Though swords were quickly being substituted by pistols for duelling, it was not unusual for swords to still be used. The French were especially good with swords and in France, they often challenged the English with them and won. The British were especially sharp with pistols.
The book, The Regency Companion covers this though not more so than I just did. Also, the Book Our Tempestuous Day, also covers this very well, with terrific detail in regards to France which the British were there during the Piece of Amens and during the time Napoleon was still exiled but before he escaped.
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