About The Guards and Lessons of the Highland Broadsword, 1799
In 1798, Henry Angelo, a member of famed Angelo dynasty of sword masters, published Hungarian and Highland Broadsword, twenty-four plates designed by Thomas Rowlandson. This was a collection of 24 posters illustrating guards, defences and striking techniques for a man on foot or on horseback. In fact, only five of the 24 posters dealt with men on foot; the remaining 19 posters illustrated the use of the sword when mounted. The following year, in 1799, he published a poster called The Guards and Lessons of the Highland Broadsword, in which he set out his “10 lessons” (sometimes called the “10 divisions”), a set of sequences with which the Army regiments could drill and learn the system.
This facsimile has been recreated from the collection of original posters owned by the Academy of Historical Arts in Glasgow. Each poster has been photographed carefully and edited to provide an exacting reproduction of the highest quality. The larger poster of 10 lessons has been provided in its original form, and also broken up to demonstrate the lessons on individual pages with higher resolution. Additionally, the work includes a brief biography by Keith Farrell describing the Angelo Dynasty, their schools and their publications.
- Original Author: Henry Angelo & Son
- Original Illustrator: Thomas Rowlandson
- Facsimile Creator: Ben Kerr
- Facsimile Editor: Keith Farrell
- Essay Contributor: Keith Farrell
- Facsimile Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 17th October 2014
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-3-6
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 60
- Height: 17.78 cm
- Width: 22.86 cm
- Language: English
Table of Contents
- Brief Biography of the Angelo Dynasty
- The Art of Defence on Foot
- 5 posters from Hungarian and Highland Broadsword
- Complete poster of The Guards and Lessons of the Highland Broadsword
Cite this Book
Angelo, Henry; Ben Kerr and Keith Farrell (eds.). The Guards and Lessons of the Highland Broadsword, 1799. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, October 2014. ISBN 978-0-9926735-3-6.
Keith Farrell teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events (why not hire me to teach at your event?), and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. I teach regularly at Liverpool HEMA, and help behind the scenes with running HEMA in Glasgow at the Vanguard Centre.