SWORD FIGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE and other Kinsley books

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Sword Fighting in the Victorian Wars

Postby L. Braden » 20 Mar 2012 20:13

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"I highly recommend reading D. A. Kinsley's books. ... Kinsley has assembled many period accounts of the use of the sword in battle and his work serves as the best one-stop shop for primary source material covering the Victorian period." Jonathan Hopkins, VWF, 21 Dec. 2011. Ditto the Napoleonic Wars and other conflicts, 1600-1900.
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Re: Sword Fighting in the Victorian Wars

Postby Mark » 20 Mar 2012 23:48

Thanks for the heads-up! :)

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Postby Jonathan » 27 May 2012 01:55

Do you know if there are plans to release this as an ebook on any other platforms (Kindle, Nook, iPad)?
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Re: SWORD FIGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE and other Kinsley b

Postby L. Braden » 28 May 2012 16:33

According to Lulu, you can view their pdfs on iPad, Nook, Kindle, etc. Just click onto "More Detail" in the "eBook (PDF)" listing of a particular book to see all of the info. I know of a person who downloaded one of them onto his iPad.
P.S. I'm told that K's pdfs don't require any special readers due to DRM.
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Blades of the British Empire, by D A Kinsley

Postby Matt Easton » 29 Oct 2012 14:23

Blades of the British Empire for sale here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/d-a-kinsley/bl ... 28776.html

I can not recommend this book highly enough for anybody interested in reading first-hand accounts of British hand-to-hand fighting from the 17th-19th centuries. It is a MUST HAVE for any serious student of close combat. This book covers a LOT, describing fighting with swords, sabres, tulwars, baskethilts, bayonets, spears, lances, kukris and a load of other things. It covers the continual thrust vs. cut debate that went on, as well as what happened when European soldiers and adventurers met each other in conflict, as well as the warriors of Africa and Asia. This book should be of interest to anyone who collects the armaments of the period and will give you a lot more insight into how they were used and why they were designed that way (in some cases it will point out flaws in their design!).

This is not fiction, this is a large compilation of real first-hand accounts of people who fought in life and death encounters and survived to tell the tale. If you haven't read any of Kinsley's previous versions YOU NEED TO. If you bought a version quite some time ago then you'll find a lot of new material in this version.

It also comes in other formats (eg. cheap pdf download)
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Swordsmen of the British Empire,by Kinsley & Easton

Postby Matt Easton » 23 Apr 2013 09:06

This is the 3rd edition of Kinsley's book on hand-to-hand combat during the age of the British Empire, heavily weighted on the 19th century, with much new material and also now with an introduction by me:

http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/swordsmen ... sh-empire/

Your support in this endeavour is greatly appreciated - the book is available in hardback, paperback or PDF (incredibly good value!).
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Re: Swordsmen of the British Empire,by Kinsley & Easton

Postby Jonathan » 01 May 2013 20:06

I just downloaded the e-book and I am reading it on my Nook. Your introductory essay is quite good, Matt. Quite good indeed! Those of us who focus on collecting swords (or any other type of Victorian militaria) rather than swordsmanship will find a greater understanding of, and perhaps a new appreciation for the swordsmanship, swords, and the men who once wielded them in battle. I am looking forward to reading through the rest of the book!
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Re: Sword Fighting in the Victorian Wars

Postby L. Braden » 08 Aug 2013 16:47

L. Braden wrote:http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=&keyWords=d+a+kinsley&x=0&y=0&sitesearch=lulu.com&q=

"I highly recommend reading D. A. Kinsley's books. ... Kinsley has assembled many period accounts of the use of the sword in battle and his work serves as the best one-stop shop for primary source material covering the Victorian period." Jonathan Hopkins, VWF, 21 Dec. 2011. Ditto the Napoleonic Wars and other conflicts, 1600-1900.


This is the correct URl for the new 2013 edition, entitled "Swordsmen of the British Empire".
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Re: SWORD FIGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE and other Kinsley b

Postby Josh&Historyland » 13 Sep 2017 01:34

I have a request regarding this book. Could someone who owns it, please have a look at an account from an officer named Aplin/Applin who was commander of the British Legation Guard at Edo (Tokyo) in the 1860's. The letter is quoted by Matt Easton in a video but thus far I've been unable to reach him for the source. If anyone could enlighten me I'd appreciate it,

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Re: SWORD FIGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE and other Kinsley b

Postby Will Mathieson » 13 Sep 2017 15:21

Josh without an index or even a space between different letters etc. one would have to read most of the book to find it.
Kinsley has produced several books that cut and paste one article after another and no references or titles for the photos so you don't know what you're looking at. The book is divided into Balaklava and Sudan only.
Kinsleys other books have quite similar titles, could it be in one of those?
Try Matt at: schola-gladiatoria@hotmail.co.uk
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Postby Josh&Historyland » 12 Oct 2017 00:41

Thanks, Will!
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