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  • The Englishman remained firm, however, until the Swiss, displaying his bright brand to the morning sun, made three or four flourishes as if to prove its weight, and the facility with which he wielded it — then stood firm within sword-stroke of his adversary, grasping his weapon with both hands, and advancing it a little before his body, with the blade pointed straight upwards.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • The sword-stroke, and the cross to them their victory give

    Ss. Peter and Paul, June 29

  • I have to get the first thirty days at least of lessons ready, so I'll actually be running the the rough drafts past you guys here on the blog, I think--threby slaying multiple dragons with the same sword-stroke.

    Any Volunteers?

  • The doughty knight and brave sprang up from the table; a sharp weapon, mickle and long, he drew and dealt Bloedel so fierce a sword-stroke that his head lay straightway at his feet.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Next he dealt the master who taught the child a fierce sword-stroke with both his hands, so that his head fell quickly beneath the table to the ground.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Those that sprang towards him on the steps to show their prowess, he dealt so heavy a sword-stroke, that for fear they must needs stand further back.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Conan tensed himself for one mad berserker onslaught -- to thrust the glowing fagot into that fiendish countenance and throw his life into the ripping sword-stroke.

    Wings in the Night

  • "Let me tell you, there's nothing like seeing arterial spray hit breasts that are still bouncing from the sword-stroke!"

    Pinky Violence Reviews

  • He knew Abyssinia inside out, spoke Amharic, which is the principal lingo of the country, and had been drill instructor in the service of Emperor Theodore, who had particularly admired his party trick of cleaving a sheep in two (lengthwise, God help us) with a single sword-stroke.

    Flashman on the March

  • The body sprang far when after death it endured the blow, sword-stroke savage, that severed its head.

    Beowulf, translated by Francis Gummere

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