Girard Thibault – Figures G and H on Narrow Passages

When fighting in a narrow passage it may be necessary to reduce the length of the sword. Here are two examples:

Figure G

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Figure H

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  1. B.G. Hearns says:

    FIGVRE G.
    Neantmoins quand c’eſt qu’on entre en meſure etroite, où toutes les lignes longues ſont inutiles, & dommageables, à cauſe que les diſtances y ſont aucunefois plus courtes, que les lames eſtendues avec le bras en droite ligne (dont on eſt contraint de raccourcir le bras, ou meſmes de le retirer arriere, afin de ſe pouvoir ſervir de la pointe.) En ces meſures eſtroites noſtre longueur d’eſpee ne laiſſe pas d’y eſtre touſiours commode & maniable à ſuffiſance: car elle eſt autant propre pour raccourcir ſa ligne en ladite meſure eſtroite, qu’elle eſt capable de l’allonger en la grande. C’eſt ce qui eſt repreſenté par les deux figures ſuivantes; dont celle qui eſt marquée de la lettre G. demonſtre comment on la peut raccourcir, en cas que l’Ennemi nous veuille courrir ſus, pour venir au dedans de la pointe. car en luy mettant le pied contre le corps, & affermiſſant la garde ſur la hanche droite, la pointe luy en viendra juſtement devant la poitrine, qui luy paſſeroit autrement par deſſus l’eſpaule, en cas que l’eſpee fuſt plus longue.
    FIGVRE H.
    Ce meſme accourciſſement de ligne ſe pourra pratiquer encor en une autre ſorte, en luy mettant la main contre la poitrine, au lieu de ſe ſervir du pied, en affermiſſant derechef la garde de l’eſpee ſur la hanche droite, car entre ladite hanche, & la main gauche eſtendue, il reſtera juſtement l’eſpace de la longueur de l’eſpee, pour la commodité de la manier & appliquer ſelon l’exigence.

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    FIGURE G.
    Nevertheless there are times when one finds oneself in close, where the long lines are useless and even damaging, because sometimes the distances are entirely too short for a blade held out at arms length in a straight line (where one must shorten the arm, or even draw it back, to be able to use the tip.) At these close distances the length of our blade is not always comfortable and sufficiently easy to use: so we must shorten the line to close distances as it is to reach at longer ones. This is what is shown by the following two figures; the one marked G demonstrates how one may shorten the line, if the ennemy runs up to get past the tip, by stopping him with your foot and firmly placing the guard against the right hip, the tip will just reach his chest, which would otherwise pass beyond the shoulder if the sword were longer.

    FIGURE H
    This same shortening can be accomplished another way, by placing the left hand firmly against the chest instead of using your foot, again firmly placing the guard against your right hip, because between the hip and the extended left hand is just enough space to comfortably use the sword as needed.

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