Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods And Techniques

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From the author of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the most comprehensive and historically accurate view ever of the lost fighting arts of Medieval knights, warriors and men-at-arms. Based on years of extensive training and research in the use of European swords, it contains highly effective fighting techniques for the sword, sword & shield, long-sword, great-sword, pole-arm and more. And with more than 200 illustrations and rare historical documents, it is a scholarly reference as well as a hands-on ...
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From the author of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the most comprehensive and historically accurate view ever of the lost fighting arts of Medieval knights, warriors and men-at-arms. Based on years of extensive training and research in the use of European swords, it contains highly effective fighting techniques for the sword, sword & shield, long-sword, great-sword, pole-arm and more. And with more than 200 illustrations and rare historical documents, it is a scholarly reference as well as a hands-on training guide for martial artists of all levels.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781581600049
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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John Clements has practiced cut-and-thrust swordsmanship for almost 20 years and trains regularly in long-sword, sword and shield, sword and buckler, sword and dagger, Medieval spear, and rapier and dagger methods. He lectures on historical weaponry and is an ardent promoter of contact-weapon sparring with historical replica swords.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Medieval Combat Environment
Chapter 2 - Medieval Fighting Manuals
Chapter 3 - Medieval Swords
Chapter 4 - The Making of Medieval Swords
Chapter 5 - Swords Against Plate Armor
Chapter 6 - The Fate of the Medieval Sword
Chapter 7 - Forms of the Medieval Sword
Chapter 8 - Medieval Shields
Chapter 9 - Sword & Shield
Chapter 10 - The Long Sword
Chapter 11 - Practice and Sparring
Appendix A On Obtaining a Real Sword
Appendix B The Problem of Stage Combat
Appendix C Methods of Weapon-Sparring
Appendix D Blunt Steel and Plate Armor Sparring
Appendix E Medieval Fantasy and "Boffer" Sparring Methods
Appendix F The Importance of the Full-Leg Target in Weapon Sparring
Appendix G Kneeling Down in Weapon Sparring Rules
Appendix H Weapon Sparring in Martial Arts
Appendix I Understanding Swords and Martial Arts in America
Bibliography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    Highly Recommended

    For the beginner - an excellent book. You just have to realize that any book is just an aid and no substitute for practice, good instructor or sparring partner. For the more experienced student - an excellent book. Like me, you will likely find a number of techniques and concepts you'll disagree with. But this is where the real value of the book is hidden. It will force you to analyze and test techniques, causing you not only to adjust and adapt proposed moves and concepts, but also to reevaluate your own style and technique. So grab the book, analyze, think, try, re-think, adjust, adapt¿ you might reject few things in the end but you will come out with an improved fighting style. Besides¿ how many books on western swordsmanship are out there? That alone makes it worth to have the book in you library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    History fused with practical martial arts

    I found this book quite by accident at a gun show. Flipping through it, I was stunned to see what it purported to be ... a serious book on the Western martial art tradition of swordsmanship. I quickly bought it to see if it were too good to be true. I was not disappointed. As a student of the sword, it's refreshing to see a serious study of our neglected European martial arts. Not another dry history book that details museum pieces, it is long on technique derived from surviving Mediaeval training manuals *and* experimentation in the dojo. I would not call this 'Swordsmanship for Dummies,' but it will compliment the active broadsword student's lessons. There is so much material that I believe it may overwhelm a raw beginer with no teacher. This, however is not necessarily a Bad Thing. ;) The author covers a lot of ground, and thus some areas could merit more detail, such as greatsword technique. Do not be mislead into thinking that it lacks depth, however. The many diagrams of good technique and -- IMHO more importantly -- the many diagrams of bad technique to avoid are invaluable. One may quibble over some specifics in the book, but I think that most disagreement rises because of differences between systems of instruction, akin to the useless 'karate vs. kung fu' arguments. The author spends a couple of sections hammering on the failure of our Western culture to preserve our martial arts tradition, and deconstructs many specific areas where bad swordplay abounds. He makes some excellent points which beginners need to understand, but the sections could possibly be shortened some. In one word ... awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2006

    A reviewer and sword student

    I found this book to be a wonderful addition to my other books. The advice is very helpful when sparring. A great book for anyone interested in swordsmanship, or just history. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    Pretend sword fighting

    The book seems to be written by a person who plays at sword fighting. Most of the information seems to based on the author's own views and does not take into account any historical fact.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    beleafs and disbeliefs

    I am a high ranking official of the krooda. we use mainly swords, and I have to say that yes some of the tecneks wrighten in te book are verry afective, but the others. If you use them in atle you won't have to wory about ever fighting again... cce..{ DR } Krooda shadow skill...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2001

    The Best

    A masterful book written by a masterful man, John Clements. Excellent for true pursuers of the martail art of medieval swordsmanship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    Not Worth It

    In the end I found this book to be extremley poor the book left is for begginers but any one who been practising for a year will move down a level rather than up.If your just starting then you may benifit

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