- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Paladin Press,U.S. (30. November 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1581600046
- ISBN-13: 978-1581600049
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,2 x 1,9 x 28,6 cm
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Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods and Techniques (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. November 1998
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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 And with more than 200 illustrations and rare historical documents, it is a scholarly reference as well as a hands-on training guide for martial artists of all levels.
The formidable fffectiveness of Medieval swords in detail.
Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods and Techniques
Finally, a work that presents the most celebrated weapon of the Middle Ages in all its formidable effectiveness. This book is over 300 pages of information on the tools and martial skills of medieval warriors. It offers a comprehensive look at medieval blades as fighting weapons and distills the essential fighting elements from such masters as Liechtenauer, Talhoffer, Dei Liberi, Filippo Vadi, and others.
Based upon years of hands-on study and practice by HACA Director and sword scholar John Clements, this sweeping work finally approaches Medieval swordsmanship as a legitimate martial art form and not as fantasy play or theatrical performance. This is a detailed examination and practical guide to one of the most fascinating areas of our Western martial heritage: the Medieval sword!
The most thorough attempt ever to examine Medieval swords from the point of view of their historical function and use.
Derived from rare historical manuscripts and material covering the highly effective techniques of sword and shield as well as Medieval long-swords and great-swords. A one of a kind detailed compilation featuring over two hundred illustrated pages of weapons, techniques, and fighting principles.
Both a general reference work and an instruction guide for beginning and advanced students of martial arts and military history. A thorough study of the martial art of Medieval swordsmanship and the historical fighting skills of knights, warriors, and men-at-arms which attempts to reconstruct and rebuild their lost fighting arts. Also the only exhaustive and comprehensive study of the formidable but overlooked Medieval shield.
Based upon years on extensive training in the use of historical European weaponry it offers extensive instruction on practice and modern sparring. This seminal work sets a new standard in the approach to this fascinating subject.
From the book:
The Medieval long-sword is not wielded in the standard hack and slash style so familiar from movies and TV. It has a different center of balance and is used in a tighter, closer manner that employs its hilt, utilizes thrusts, and emphases its length offensively and defensively. When swung with both hands long-swords are capable of delivering tremendous and devastating wounds. Used in this manner they have a well-rounded and symmetrical offense and defence. Parries are made with the flat of the blade and its cross-guard can be used to block, bind, or trap an opposing weapon. Its pommel can be grabbed to give power to thrusts or it can be used to strike with when close in. Those lighter more rigid blades with narrower tips can also make use of numerous thrusts and maneuvers allowing the armored second hand to be employed in helping guide the weapon or in grabbing the adversary. Such anti-armor blades are also further distinct in their handling from broader slashing blades. The brutal style of the Medieval long-sword is one of power and practical efficiency, but one with an artistry all its own. In contrasts to the slicing slash of a curved, single-edged, Japanese katana, Medieval long-swords were made for hacking, shearing cuts delivered primarily from the elbow and shoulder. It is a mistake to think a straight, double-edged sword with a cross-guard and pommel is handled liked a samurais katana. Instead it strikes more with the first 8-10 inches of blade and has two edges to work with (it can reverse cut upwards or back). Also, a medieval swords simple cross-guard (or cruciform hilt) is intended not so much to protect the hand from incoming blows, but to allow the blade to bind and lock up another weapon then quickly slip off (it does also offer some protection from hitting into an opposing blade). It also protects the hand from slamming into an opponents shield which is moved to greet and to smack attacks not left just hanging (contrary to myth, a medieval shield was far too strong to simply cut through with a few blows).Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Es handelt sich um ein Fachbuch, das Seinesgleichen sucht. Es ist voll von Hintergrundinformationen und praktischen Anwendungen über den Schwertkampf. Es beinhaltet nicht alle historischen Waffengattungen, sondern konzentriert sich speziell und dafür ausführlich auf Schwert&Schild sowie Anderthalbhänder, was für viele Stunden des Studiums ausreicht.
This big-formated book has 324 pages full of illustrated and described techniques. Nevertheles the specialized knowledge is not getting too brief: the book starts with a complete descibtion of medieval swords, shilds, making of medieval swords and historical combat-manuals. Then follow techniques for sword&shild and the long sword. All techniques are very well illustrated und support the writing very good. Also very interesting are the writings about wounds and combat with different weapons against each other.
At the end J.Clemens wrote some thoughts about sparring, fantasy, stage-combat and so on. A clear list of sources concludes his book. It is a extraordinary book, fullfilled with backgroundinformation and practical methods about swordsmanship. It contains not all historical weaponry but concentrates on sword&shild and the long sword very specificly and detailed, which keeps the student of mediveal swordsmanship busy for many hours.
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