All the bearing that the life of Jules de Vac has upon the history of England hinges upon but two of his many attributes --his wonderful swordsmanship
and his fearful hatred for his adopted country.
Never in all my life have I seen such wondrous swordsmanship and such uncanny agility as that ancient bag of bones displayed.
That day in the buried chamber beneath the palace of Salensus Oll I learned what swordsmanship meant, and to what heights of sword mastery I could achieve when pitted against such a wizard of the blade as Solan.
To invite personal combat, therefore, denotes confidence in his own swordsmanship, and great courage, two attributes that were calculated to fill the Black players with hope and valor when evinced by their Chief thus early in the game.
It had been apparent to both players and spectators for the past two moves, that Gahan was moving straight across the field into the enemy's country to seek personal combat with the Orange Chief--that he was staking all upon his belief in the superiority of his own swordsmanship, since if the two Chiefs engage, the outcome decides the game.
As they advanced to meet one another I saw for the first time a trick of Martian swordsmanship
which centered Kantos Kan's every hope of victory and life on one cast of the dice, for, as he came to within about twenty feet of the huge fellow he threw his sword arm far behind him over his shoulder and with a mighty sweep hurled his weapon point foremost at the green warrior.
Dismount and put in practice your positions and circles and angles and science, for I hope to make you see stars at noonday with my rude raw swordsmanship
, in which, next to God, I place my trust that the man is yet to be born who will make me turn my back, and that there is not one in the world I will not compel to give ground.
Their blood-streaked heads and shoulders testified to the cause of their wariness as well as to the swordsmanship
of the green warrior whose glossy hide bore the same mute but eloquent witness to the ferocity of the attacks that he had so far withstood.
You will learn horsemanship, swordsmanship
in all its branches, and dancing.
In an early dialogue of Plato's, the Protagoras, Socrates asks Protagoras why it is not as easy to find teachers of virtue as it is to find teachers of swordsmanship
, riding, or any other art.
He had that last argument with Brayne, that Lord Galloway did not hear the end of; that failing, he led him out into the sealed garden, talked about swordsmanship
, used twigs and a sabre for illustration, and--"
Images of beautiful geisha, calligraphy and swordsmanship
are juxtaposed with late-night arcades, extravagant neon robot spectacles and miniature karaoke bars.