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Now available in English, the daring techniques of fifteenth-century German master-of-arms Hans Talhoffer's 1467 Fechtbuch ("Fight Book") are presented in detail, offering not only a unique historic record but also a visual guide for modern practitioners. Talhoffer's professional fencing manual illustrates the intricacies of the medieval art of fighting, covering both the "judicial duel" (an officially sanctioned fight to resolve a legal dispute) and personal combat. In addition to great sword and two-handed sword techniques for wrestling, unarmored fighting with the long sword, pole-axe, dagger, sword and buckler, as well as mounted combat.
This unparalleled manual, illustrated with 268 contemporary images, provides a glimpse of real people fighting with skill, sophistication, and ruthlessness.