Here is a list of the best Swashbuckling books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- Swashbuckling: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Art of Stage Combat & Theatrical Swordplay (Limelight) (2004)
- The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure: Classic Tales of Dashing Heroes, Dastardly Villains, and Daring Escapes (2014)
- Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge (2009)
- Pyrates: A Swashbuckling Comic Novel By The Creator Of Flashman (2011)
- En Garde!: Swashbuckling Skirmish Wargames Rules (Osprey Wargames) (2016)
- Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism (2008)
- Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates! (2017)
- Crossbones & Crosses: An Anthology of Heroic Swashbuckling Adventure (2019)
- On the Account (The Sea Witch Voyages) (Volume 5) (2016)
- The Sun God’s Heir: Return Book One (2017)
- Jack Absolute: A Novel (2013)
- The Drowned Kingdom: The Dire Wars Volume 2 (2019)
Swashbuckling: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Art of Stage Combat & Theatrical Swordplay (Limelight) (2004)
The ultimate guide to stage fighting technique and basic swordplay, this book covers everything an actor must do to give a dynamic and convincing performance as a stage combatant. “âThis bookã is more than a manual A necessity! Richard Lane’s concepts are vital’Why’ and ‘When’ are explained and make ‘How’ easier to understand and executeRead this, pay heed and you will avoid sin and sufferingI raise my sword on high and salute you, Richard. Well done!” –Oscar F.
The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure: Classic Tales of Dashing Heroes, Dastardly Villains, and Daring Escapes (2014)
“A delicious, pulse-quickening compendium of thrilling rescues, daring escapes, dreadful peril, and glorious adventure, masterfully curated by an editor who wields his pen as skillfully as any swashbuckler ever swung a sword.”―Charles Ardai, Edgar Award-winning author and publisher of Hard Case Crime The word “swashbuckler” conjures up an indelible image: a hero who’s a bit of a rogue but has his own code of honor, an adventurer with laughter on his lips and a flashing sword in his hand.
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge (2009)
In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws.
Pyrates: A Swashbuckling Comic Novel By The Creator Of Flashman (2011)
In THE PYRATES, the author of the celebrated Flashman novels pays tongue-in-cheek homage to the swashbuckling books and movies that have always stirred his imagination. In these rollicking pages you’ll find tall ships and desert islands; impossibly gallant adventurers and glamorous heroines; devilishly sinister cads and ghastly dungeons; improbably acrobatic duels and hair’s-breadth escapes; and more plot twists than you can shake a rapier at.
En Garde! is a small-scale skirmish game based on the successful Ronin rules, in which small groups of warriors fight each other for honour or riches.
Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism (2008)
For those who think that travel guidebooks are the gospel truth.
Everyone in Peter Powers’s family has super awesome superpowers. His dad controls fire with his mind, and his mom can fly. His big brother makes copies of himself, and his little sister is super-strong. And his baby brother even turns invisible! But all Peter can do is–this is really embarrassing–make ice cubes with his fingertips.
Pirates & Crusaders, ahoy! Hoist your banners, unsheathe your blades, kiss your crosses, and search for booty across the seas and the sands! More of the age of steel than shot and no fantastical elements, this is a lineup of the strongest of swashbuckling historical adventures. Gritty, dangerous, and bloody tales of the past, realistic without being nihilistic.
On the Account (The Sea Witch Voyages) (Volume 5) (2016)
Captain Jesamiah Acorne is in trouble. Again. Arrested for treason and smuggling, believing his beloved ship, Sea Witch, lies wrecked on England’s North Devon coast, his only hope of escaping the noose is for someone to quash the charges. That someone turns out to be his ex-lover – but there’s a price to pay. He needs to find a boy who has disappeared, and a valuable casket that more than one person wants to get their hands on.
For three thousand years a hatred burns. Two ancient brothers reincarnate in 17th century Bordeaux. One is born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, determined to continue a brutal lifetime begun long ago barters his way into incarnation. One remembers, one does not.The year is 1671. René Gilbert's destiny balances on the blade of a slashing rapier.
Jack Absolute: A Novel (2013)
“An absolute delight!one of the most appealing military gentlemen ever to wear a sword.” ― Diana Gabaldon, Author of OutlanderThe year is 1777. As the American Revolutionary War rages across the sea, London is swept off its feet by Jack Absolute, the dashing rogue in Richard Sheridan’s comedy The Rivals.
This is the story of Iliea, the Queen of Thieves, and Seeker, the warrior-monk, immediately following their exploits in “The Darkcaster, The Dire Wars. Volume One.” A lengthy journey across a vast grassland full of strange and dangerous wildlife, an encounter with a race of even more dangerous nomads, and an eventful sea voyage are only preface to the danger that awaits their homecoming in Mohlkar.
Best Swashbuckling Books That Will Hook You
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En garde!: swashbuckling skirmish wargames rules
Author(s): Dennis, Peter;Woodfield, Craig
ID: 2583535, Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Year: 2016;2015, Size: 37 Mb, Format: epub
Pirates and Privateers: Swashbuckling Stories from the East Coast
Author(s): Joyce Glasner
ID: 2335100, Publisher: Amazing Stories, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
The Everything Pirates Book: a Swashbuckling History of Adventure on the High Seas
Author(s): Spaite, Arjean;Karg, Barb
ID: 2765882, Publisher: F+W Media;Adams Media, Year: 2008;2007, Size: 591 Kb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.