Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-Century Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat

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Medieval swordfighting was not the hacking, blade-on-blade, ring of steel affair so often depicted in films and on stage. Combatants in the Middle Ages used footwork, avoidance, and the ability to judge and manipulate timing and distance to exploit and enhance the swords inherent cutting and thrusting capabilities. These skills were supplemented with techniques for grappling, wrestling, kicking, and throwing the opponent, as well as disarming him by seizing his weapon. Every ...
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Overview

Medieval swordfighting was not the hacking, blade-on-blade, ring of steel affair so often depicted in films and on stage. Combatants in the Middle Ages used footwork, avoidance, and the ability to judge and manipulate timing and distance to exploit and enhance the swords inherent cutting and thrusting capabilities. These skills were supplemented with techniques for grappling, wrestling, kicking, and throwing the opponent, as well as disarming him by seizing his weapon. Every attack contained a defense and every defense a counter-attack.

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760780114
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/26/2006
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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