Pirates and Swords

Sometimes, a picture says it all.

Nummy, aren’t they?

Photo is of Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone in Captain Blood, 1935. You can see the sword fight here. It’s visible that Basil Rathbone was a real fencer; Errol Flynn said, “I really can’t fence worth a damn. I just know how to make it look good.”

Regardless, it’s very unlikely sailors of that period would fence as those two did in the movie–the edged weapon of choice for sailors of the 17th and 18th centuries was the cutlass, a slashing weapon that required little training and was excellent for use in close quarters fighting. The cutlass is both shorter and heavier than, for example, the saber, which was often used by cavalry. Cutlass blades were sometimes straight, sometimes slightly curved, and sharpened on only one edge. Often, the hilt (and the wielder’s hand) was protected by a curved or basket-shaped guard.

Tomorrow, Kirstin Saell will guestblog on “Writing F/F(/M) for the Female Gaze.”

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

2 replies on “Pirates and Swords”

  1. There was a "Deadliest Warrior" episode on Pirate vs. Knight. Fascinating stuff!
    The pirate lost on dueling ability but won because, well, he had blunderbuss.

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