i have nothing to add on this commentary, but it makes me wonder. most iron maiden story-telling songs are based on films / books or historic events. there are rare exceptions, like the nomad, which don't depend on a specific historic or fictional event. nevertheless, flash of the blade doesn't strike me as one, party because of the storyline structure of the song and partly because vague atory-telling without a specific source of influence is a trend of the later maiden offerings. does anyone know any movie / book / historic event that might have inspired dickinson to write the lyrics, or was it only his love of fencing?