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Born into a wealthy publishing family, Egerton Castle was an author and swordsman, and was a leading figure in the revival of the art of historical fencing. In 1885, he wrote Schools and Masters of Fencing: From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century, the standard reference on the sport, and captained the British epeé and sabre teams at the 1908 Olympic Games. He also found fame as writer of fiction, co-authoring several novels with his wife, Agnes. A number of these novels, including The Pride of Jennico (1897), Rose of the World (1905) and The Bath Comedy (1900), were later adapted into silent films.