I want to know if anyone has studied any of the things that John(?) Silver was going on about? he seemed to be saying that the perfect fight is one in which either neither party is harmed or only the offending party is and then seemed to go off on a tangent about how Italian masters are imperfect in their methods and how Spanish masters are perfect fighters as long as they can keep their rapier point to your face but if its not then they are imperfect. its in one of his texts on the smallsword. The Paradox of defence or something. a final point about the rapier and small sword it birthed. My theory on why the rapier came to replace other weapons like the longsword and similar is due to its obvious efficacy in a real fight, I can only assume that people were still using longswords and broadswords(they are different) and that people armed with rapiers were beating them often enough for these other weapons to be seen as obsolete for unarmoured combat. I want to know if this idea is supported by anything.