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The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: A Facsimile & Translation of Europe's Oldest Personal Combat Treatise, Royal Armouries MS I.33 (Royal Armouries Monograph)
by Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng

Jointly Published with the British Royal ArmouriesMedieval fighting has long been thought to be rough and untutored. Visiions of men madly slashing to and fro and hoping for the best still dominate not only popular culture but modern histories of fencing as well.In recent years, the survival of more than 175 fighting treatises from the Middle Ages and Renaissance has provided a whole generation of enthusiasts, scholars, reenactors and stage choreographers with a wealth of new ...

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List Price: $54.95

Edition: Hardcover

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Felix Wang :: * RECOMMENDED *
A splendid piece of work, this book makes the sword and buckler treatise MS I33 widely available. As mentioned above, this is not a "Sword and Buckler for Dummies" book - it is the medieval document. Medieval teaching wasn't modern style teaching, so there is a companion book to ...
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Craig Peters :: * RECOMMENDED *
Forgeng's translation of MS I.33 is one of the most valuable resources available to the medieval martial arts enthusiast today. As the earliest known fechtbuch in existence, I.33 offers unique insight into a fighting method that is unquestionably medieval, in contrast to the many ...
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Alexi Goranov :: * RECOMMENDED *
A translation of the I.33 MS with the original text and all plates in high resolution in color. Very little if any interpretation though. More useful if used with S. Hand's book on sword and buckler.
—Updated Apr 4, 2006 :: 1 of 2 members found this review helpful

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Chad Arnow :: * RECOMMENDED *
A nice translation of an important work. By itself, its value as a fighting treatise is somewhat limited for martial arts use by a novice. Probably best when combined with the Wagner-Hand book "Medieval Sword & Shield: The Combat System of Royal Armouries MS I.33."
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Bill Grandy :: * RECOMMENDED *
This has been a long awaited facsimile of the oldest known European fencing treatise. I.33, a manual detailing sword and buckler techniques, is brought to life in full beautiful color. Dr. Fogeng's note's are quite valuable in understanding this work, and the layout is amazingly ...
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Patrick Kelly ::
This is an excellent reproduction of the I.33 manuscript illustrations and is an excellent companion to Medieval Sword and Shield. If you own this latter book you must have this one as well for a full appreciation of the system.
—Updated Jul 31, 2005 :: 2 of 2 members found this review helpful

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