1903 March Footnotes

[1] Prince’s Skating Club was an ice rink in the Knightsbridge area of London. The rink was opened on Montpelier Square on 7 November 1896 by the Prince’s Sporting Club. It operated on a membership-only basis and was aimed at the elite of British figure skaters who wished to practise on uncrowded ice.

[2] The Grand Assault of Arms is the ultimate test of martial skill among classical fencers. The grand assault proper developed in the late 1860’s and early 1870’s in tune with the economic and historical forces that gave birth to France’s gilded age, La Belle Epoque. According to Robert Milton, the sports column writer for the French newspaper Le Figaro, this was “a time when everything is made grand – Grand Review or Grand Minister. It is thus that we announce the Grand Assault”.

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