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The Swords of Shakespeare


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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements iv
Introduction 1
Principles Of Stage Fight Choreography 3
Ancient History Vs. Modern Practice 7
Safety And Training 11
A Brief History Of Elizabethan Swordplay 19THE CHOREOGRAPHY 27Henry IV, Part 1 29
Douglas vs. Blunt 29
Douglas vs. King Henry 32
Douglas vs. Prince Henry 37
Hotspur vs. Prince Henry 41Henry IV, Part 2 51
Falstaff vs. Pistol 51

Henry VI, Part 1 54
Charles vs. Joan De Pucelle 54
Talbot vs. Joan De Pucelle 60Henry VI, Part 2 70
Horner vs. Peter 70
Cade vs. Iden 75
Clifford vs. York 82
Richard vs. Somerset 86Henry VI, Part 3 92
Richard vs. Clifford 92Richard III 99
Richard vs. Richmond 99Romeo and Juliet 109
Benvolio vs. Tybalt 111
Mercutio vs. Tybalt 120
Romeo vs. Tybalt 129
Paris vs. Romeo 134Hamlet 139
Hamlet vs. Laertes 139Troilus and Cressida 162
Ajax vs. Hector 163
Troilus vs. Diomedes 168
Troilus vs. Ajax and Diomedes 174
Archilles vs. Hector 180
Menelaus vs. Paris 184Othello 191
Montano vs. Cassio 191King Lear 199
Cornwall and Regan vs. Servant 199
Kent vs. Edmund 203
Oswald vs. Edgar 207
Edgar vs. Edmund 213Macbeth 220
Macbeth vs. Young Siward 220
Macbeth vs. Macduff 224Coriolanus 230Coriolanus vs. Aufidius 230Cymberline 239
Cloten vs. Guiderius 239
Jachicmo vs. Posthumus 245The Two Noble Kinsmen 254
Palamon vs. Arcite 254Glossary 263Appendix I: The Society of American Fight Directors 265
Appendix II: Suppliers of Stage Weapons 266Bibliography 267
Index 271

About the Author

J. D. Martinez is fight master emeritus of the Society of American Fight Directors. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.


with so many provocative and useful materials...every theatre library, theatre practitioner, and performance scholar will want [this book] - Shakespeare Bulletin ""an excellent resource for stage fight directors [and] anyone interested in Elizabethan swordplay"" - Hammerterz Forum

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