The History of Robin Hood
Ted Anthony Roberts
The world of swashbuckling is perhaps larger
than what is realized.
Here are a few subjects:
and King Arthur.
The English words "Swashbuckling," "Swashbuckler," and "Swashbuckle,"
even appear until the 1500's. Even though
English slowly came
into existence near the end of the Middle ages -
advancing from Norman French and Anglo Saxon
- the word itself did not appear at first in texts, even though it was
already a well known word. From the few samples we have handed down to us,
even from Shakespeare himself, it is clear that what Renaissance
people considered a "Swashbuckler," is different from
what we consider.
Today, a Swashbuckler is one who is reckless, brave, a bold speaker -
able to deliver promises - and
who is adventurous.
in the 1500's, he was
considered a braggart, never
coming through with promises!
In other words, after he had threatened, he
would tuck tail and run
when his challenge was met.
However, by the beginning of the twentieth century, the term, thanks to
actor Douglas Fairbanks Sr., father of all film Swashbucklers, had
transformed into what we now know - a
boasting swaggerer who actually follows through
with his boasting.
The term also applies to a movie with
an adventurous nature.
The Swashbuckling period was from the
beginning of time, until
the end of the Nineteenth century, and was only carried over into the
Twentieth Century by film, and a few real life individuals.
"Swash" means to dash against, and "Buckler"
means a small shield. In the 1500's,
soldiers yielded both sword and buckler, and in dueling, both would
swing their swords, dashing them against the buckler.
So, considering this, one can see the beginning of the terminology:
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