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a tale of Restoration intrigue by

Molly Brown

Mr Wells's Academy

The fields between Leicester Square and Soho were the home of an "Academy" where it was promised that you could acquire all the acomplishments taught in the academies of the nobility, such as riding, shooting a pistol, carrying a lance, and running at a ring.

Established by a showman named Wells, the Academy featured artificial horses in perpetual motion from morning until night and several sorts of musical instruments "befitting the subject".

The price of admission was one shilling.

Paradoxes of Defense, 1599:

Fencing and archery were considered essential parts of any gentleman's education.

Vincentio Saviolo, 1594:

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(c) 1996 Molly Brown