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This is without a doubt the nicest reproduction of a fencing manuscript I've ever seen, medieval or otherwise. First off, the pages are HUGE, showing of the truly beautiful, full color artwork. The detail in each of the images is wonderful: You can really get a good look at the details of the clothing, armour, and decorations that each person is wearing, ...
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—Updated Mar 8, 2007



Duellists Companion: A training manual for 17th century Italian rapier
by Guy Windsor

A modern training manual for the 17th century rapier, lavishly illustrated with over 400 photographs, the Duellist's Companion is a complete training system for ...

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An excellent training guide for Capo Ferro's system. Guy Windsor has layed out a logical, systematic approach to studying this Italian rapier master's system, and it is by far the best rapier training guide published to date. It includes excellent warm up excercises, solo and partner drills straight from Capo Ferro's fencing treatise, and tactical advice. ...
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—Updated Dec 7, 2006



Kombinationswaffen des 15.-19. Jahrhunderts (German Edition)
by Heinz-Werner Lewerken

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Let me start out by saying that I do not really speak German with any amount of proficiency. That said, this book, which is written purely in German, is still a wonderful resource even if you cannot read the original language. It has a huge collection of full color photographs as well as black and white images of some of the most ingenious combination ...
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—Updated Nov 27, 2006



Fighting With The Quarterstaff
by David Lindholm

Surveying the whole of historical record, David Lindholm, a long-time martial arts instrutor and University lecturer, presents a practical guide for combat with the ...

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This is a really good book on a weapon that is commonly practiced, but not commonly published about. Linholm gives a good overview of basic techniques, and it is clear that he avidly researched these methods, as he gives ample historical background, and goes to discuss the differences of opinion between various masters. Overall, this book is definatley ...
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—Updated Nov 8, 2006



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If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be: Fantastic. This book is an excellent synopsis of general dagger fencing techniques and principles used generically throughout various medieval and renaissance fencing treatises. Vail details various techniques covering dagger vs. dagger, unarmed vs. dagger, and even a few plays of dagger vs. ...
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—Updated Nov 8, 2006



Sigmund Ringeck's Knightly Arts Of Combat: Sword and Buckler Fighting, Wrestling, and Fighting in Armor
by David Lindholm, Peter Svard

The lessons of influential 15th-century fencing master Sigmund Ringeck are brought to life once again by David Lindholm and Peter Sv√§rd, the duo behind Sigmund ...

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This is a very nice companion to the earlier book, Sigmund Ringeck's Knightly Art of the Longsword. This new book explores the rest of the Sigmund Ringeck commentaries on sword & buckler, unarmed fighting and fighting in harness. The book has both translation as well as interpretation, so the reader can double check and even decide for themselves if they ...
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—Updated Nov 8, 2006



The Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570
by Joachim Meyer, Jeffrey L. Forgeng

Among the substantial legacy of martial arts texts left by combat masters working in the medieval German tradition, this book stands out as one of the most ...

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A beautiful reprinting of a cornerstone manuscript, this modern translation of Joachim Meyer's Renaissance treatise is a must have for people of multiple interests. For practitioners of the Liechtenauer tradition, Meyer's work shows the twilight years of the artform, and showing it's place in the 16th century. Meyer's descriptions of certain techniques are ...
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—Updated Nov 8, 2006



The Longsword of Johannes Liechtenauer Vol. 1

Learn the ancient and noble art of fighting with the long- or "hand-and-a-half" sword according to the teachings of the medieval fencing master Johannes ...

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Quality reading material on historical swordsmanship is already rare enough in the market, so to find a quality DVD on the subject seems out of the question. Nonetheless, the gentlemen from the German group Ochs have put together just that, and it is fantastic. This DVD gives a very nice overview of the Liechtenauer tradition of longsword in an incredibly ...
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—Updated Nov 8, 2006



The Art of Making Armour: A Craftsman's Guide to Creating Authentic Armour Reproductions
by Rob Valentine

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This book would be a nice children's book, or perhaps something good for a library to keep in store. It is a very generalized overview of how a suit of 16th century armour would have been put together. It explains broadly the main parts of the harness and how an armour maker would put them together. It's not a "how to" book, just a very brief overview. It ...
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—Updated May 14, 2006



A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: in All Countries and in All Times (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
by George Cameron Stone

Widely considered the classic book in the field, George Cameron Stone's A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in ...

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The Book with Too Long a Title, this work is a nice little collection of arms and armour from all over the spectrum of time and place. While perhaps it doesn't cover quite as much as the title says, it still has a huge amount of black and white pictures of various cultural weapons throughout history.

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—Updated Mar 19, 2006



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