True Time (or time of the hand) vs. time of the foot

A depiction of two people duelling with sword and dagger.

Firstly, what is “true time”? As I understand it, the first person to talk about “True Time” was George Silver in his 1599 work The Paradoxes of Defence. He divides timing into the following categories described as “true” or “correct” timings: The time of the hand.The time of the hand and body.The time of the hand body and foot.The time …

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