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Foreword: The VirtualBox Networking Primer

VirtualBox Networking Primer cover[From The VirtualBox Networking Primer: Connecting and Configuring Virtual Machines]

It all started when I needed to run a test instance of the WordPress content management software. It was 2011 and I was making my way as a freelance in IT. …

Sample: Winning at Épée

Sample: Winning at ÉpéeSample: Winning at Épée – “The State of Play”

Depending on where you’re from, five foot seven may not seem that short. The trouble is that épée fencing, with its lack of priority or right of way rules, makes épée all the more attractive for the taller fencers. …

Foreword: The Newcomers’ Guide to Competition Fencing

Newcomers' Guide to Competition coverPerhaps you’ve just entered your first fencing competition, or you’re thinking of entering. Perhaps you’re going a competition as a parent or as a partner of a fencer. Perhaps you’re about to tag along with a friend who fences, or with your club team as a newbie to see what goes on. …

Sample: The HEMA Heresy – Robin Catling

Image: The HEMA Heresy. Phot: Valerie Widowson[From the forthcoming publication The HEMA Heresy: Reconstructing Historical European Martial Arts]

Almost all our our study of Historical European Martial Arts is based on original period manuscripts written by fencing masters of the time. But practical issues in reconstructing the techniques does raises suspicion about some of the content… …

Foreword, Sports Fencing: An Introduction – Robin Catling

Image: Sports Fencing Introduction coverFrom Pirates of the Caribbean, to Star Wars and even Transformers, it seems every other movie poster features a character with a sword; there’s been a slew of TV and online ads featuring Olympic fencers in action, while TV shows such as Arrow and The Musketeers keep the skill and the romance of the sword alive. It’s no wonder even the smallest children want to give it a try. …

Introduction: The Art of Foil Fencing – Roy Stocks

Image: FoilistModern fencing has evolved through the centuries from a clumsy, often brutally bloodthirsty form of combat. The heavy weapons were used to bludgeon the opponent as much to hack and stab. From its earliest refinements, fencing masters have strived to apply the science of movement and technique to weapons largely made redundant with the discovery of another weapon of war, gunpowder. …