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Sword & Dagger

“...it seemeth unto me that I may with farre greater reason saie that the Arte and exercise of the Rapier and Dagger is much more rare and excellent than anie other Militarie exercise of the bodie, because there is very great and necessarie use thereof, not onely in generall warres, but also in particular combats, & many other accidents, where a man having the perfect knowledge and practise of this arte, although but small of stature and weake of strength, may with a little removing of his foot, a sodain turning of his hand, a slight declining of his bodie, subdue and overcome the fierce braving pride of tall and strong bodies.”

The dagger was used either on its own or as a companion weapon to the sword. The sword and dagger became perhaps the most popular weapon combination of late sixteenth century Europe.