The Gilded Hilt

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The Schoole of the Gilded Hilt, based in Long Beach, California, is a private schoole of defence and living history group dedicated to accurately teaching the arte and science of the rapier and its companion weapons.

Members of the Gilded Hilt portray merchant-class gentlemen living in the last decade of the 16th century. The study of over a dozen surviving historical combat treatises from 1531 to 1606 allows the incorporation of what would have been the existing combat tradition with the emerging fashion of play to create an authentic representation of civilian combat of the period.

It is our purpose to bring to life civilian rapier play as it existed between honourable gentlemen in a school environment and to share that experience with the public

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