The compleat fencing-master in which is fully described the whole guards, parades & lessons belonging to the small-sword : as also the best rules for playing against either artists or ignorants with blunts or sharps : together with directions how to behave in a single combat on horse-back : illustrated with figures representing the most necessary postures
Hope, William, Sir.

Lesson 9. Of the Feint at the Head, upon the true Parade.

Ma.

My Contrary to the second Parade is called the Feint at the Head, * upon the true Parade, and is to be done as followeth first you make your Motion at your Adversaries Fae, and then if you think that he intends to Parie you with the second or Contre-caveating parade, go quit round his Sword, by mak∣ing as it were a circle with your Sword, and so give him in the Thrust at his Arm-Pit, as in the Single Feint at the Head, and pre∣serve your self with your Left Hand, from a Contre temps as you do in it, see Plate 5. Figure 2. And if you be without distance, approach with your first Motion.

Sch.

I understand not what good that going round my Adversaries Sword doth

Ma.

Do you not see that by so doing you Caveat his sword and shun his parade.

Sch.

I now see so indeed?

Ma.

You may if you please make one, two or three circles as your Adversary Page  60followeth your sword, untill you have the opportunity of letting in your Thrust.

Sch.

And how is this Contrary paried?

Ma

You may either parie it as you do the single Feint at the Head,* or you may make one or two Circles with the Contre-caveating parade, untill you meet with his sword, but if your Adversary still Caveat you, by going about, then make your Circle the Contrary way, and then certainly you will meet with his sword, and so prevent the giving in of the Thrust.

Sch.

Which is your next Lesson?