Egerton Castle

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"He insists that his pen is mightier than his sword"
Castle as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, March 1905

Egerton Castle M.A., F.S.A. (12 March 1858 – 16 September 1920) was a Victorian era author, antiquarian, and swordsman, and an early practitioner of reconstructed historical fencing, frequently in collaboration with his colleague Captain Alfred Hutton. Castle was the captain of the British épée and sabre teams at the 1908 Olympics.[1]

He was born in London into a wealthy family; his maternal grandfather was the publishing magnate and philanthropist Egerton Smith.[2] He was a lieutenant in the Second West India Regiment and afterwards a captain in the Royal Engineers Militia. He was also an expert on bookplates and a keen collector.

Egerton Castle co-authored many novels with his wife, Agnes (née Sweetman).

Selected works[edit]

  • Schools and Masters of Fencing : From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century, ISBN 0-486-42826-5 (2005), ISBN 1-4286-0940-7 (2006). (The first edition: G. Bell & Sons, London 1885)[3]
  • "The Baron's Quarry" (short story)
  • Rose of the World 1905
  • Sweet Kitty Bellairs (novel); 1916 silent film, 1930 musical film in Technicolor.
  • The Pride of Jennico, play based on the Agnes and Egerton Castle novel.
  • Marshfield the Observer; and The Death Dance. (fantasy fiction published by Macmillan 1900)
  • English book-plates. An illustrated handbook for students of ex-libris. (G. Bell & sons, London 1893)
  • Count Raven (Cassell, London 1916) novel
  • La Bella and Others (short stories published by Macmillan, London 1900
  • Minniglen. (romance written with Agnes Castle, 1918)
  • Consequences. London: Richard Bentley and Son. 1891. 3 volume novel
  • Our Sentimental Garden. (with Agnes Castle and illustrated by Charles Robinson) 1914 USA /1915 London.


See also[edit]



  1. ^ "CASTLE, Egerton". The International Who's Who in the World. 1912. p. 250.
  2. ^ "CASTLE, Egerton". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 306.
  3. ^ Worldcat

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