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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, as well as 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 worksEdit

  • 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)
  • 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 alsoEdit



  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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