Cutting with the Medieval Sword

Cutting with the Medieval Sword

This book lays bare the principles of the use of the sword with unprecedented detail-principles that are universal across nearly all cultures and time periods, including our own.

Author: Michael Edelson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1979910979

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Page: 182

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For centuries, masters of defense throughout the world jealously guarded their knowledge, sharing it only with their students and patrons. But it was not just their techniques that they wanted to keep hidden-their most closely guarded secret was not what to do with a sword, but how to do it. This book lays bare the principles of the use of the sword with unprecedented detail-principles that are universal across nearly all cultures and time periods, including our own. This information comes from centuries-old living lineage martial arts, medieval fencing treatises and decades of combined research, experimentation and application. It is accessible to anyone, from a complete beginner to a seasoned expert. The path to mastery consists of small steps, each easily understood and taken. There is no magic or mystery in the use of the sword. There is only the art, and it is an art created by and for human beings, utterly attainable and without artifice or embellishment. Using clear and concise explanations and highly detailed illustrations, this book takes you step by step through the body mechanics of the sword, from foundations to essential elements. It is divided into three modules: Theory, Practice and Calibration. The Theory module thoroughly explains all of the underlying concepts and principles and how they combine to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The Practice Module provides advice on choosing training equipment as well as a comprehensive array of drills and exercises designed to put everything you learned in the previous module into practice. Finally, the Calibration module gives you all of the information you need to put your skills to the test by cutting targets with a sharp sword, from advice on choosing a sword to how to purchase, prepare and set up tatami and other targets. Most importantly, it will teach you to interpret your results in a way that will inform your training and allow you to correct errors and improve your technique. Whether you are taking your first step or the latest of many, let this book be your guide.
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The Use of Medieval Weaponry

The Use of Medieval Weaponry

Indeed, as a general rule, a failed cut with a longsword can be transformed into a thrust, and vice versa. While this is true of all swords, it is particularly true for longswords, for longswords are exceedingly maneuverable weapons.

Author: Eric Lowe

Publisher: Aeon Books

ISBN: 9781913504250

Category: History

Page: 290

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From fantasy novels and cosplay to Renaissance festivals and roleplaying games, the love for medieval weapons runs deep. But how were they actually used? In The Use of Medieval Weaponry, historical fencing instructor and competitive fighter, Eric Lowe brings together the words of over a dozen medieval masters, as well as the practical experience of contemporary historical European martial artists, to answer this deceptively simple question. For the first time, learn to see weapons from the perspective, not of ancient generals or modern museum curators, but the people holding the sword. Compare weapons in combat, consider the pros and cons of different types and styles, and discover how medieval warriors adapted their art to their favorite tools. Whether you are an armchair enthusiast or a fighter ready to step up your game, Lowe takes you inside the world of medieval martial arts as no one else can.
Categories: History

Medieval Combat

Medieval Combat

With a cut from the left to the right, the swordsman must step forward with the left foot as the cut lands.9 Thrusts It is surprising how many thrusts Talhoffer shows, as the medieval sword is thought of as primarily a cutting weapon.

Author: Hans Talhoffer

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781473835177

Category: History

Page: 320

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“[A] remarkable how-to . . . offers freeze-frame instructions on medieval martial arts using swords, shields, poleaxes, daggers and wrestling” (Publishers Weekly). Written by German fencing master Hans Talhoffer in 1467, this book 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. Combatants in the Middle Ages used footwork, avoidance, and the ability to judge and manipulate timing and distance to exploit and enhance the sword’s 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 counterattack. Talhoffer reveals the techniques for wrestling, unarmored fighting with the long sword, poleaxe, dagger, sword and buckler, and mounted combat. This unparalleled guide to medieval combat, illustrated with 268 contemporary images, provides a glimpse of real people fighting with skill, sophistication and ruthlessness. This is one of the most popular and influential manuals of its kind. “This superb treatise, amply illustrated, provides valuable insight into the real world of medieval combat. Magnificent!” —Books Monthly
Categories: History

The Art of Longsword Fighting

The Art of Longsword Fighting

Secondary sources Amdur, Ellis, 'Renovation and Innovation in Tradition,' in Skoss, Diane, editor, Sword and Spirit: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Vol. ... Cutting with the Medieval Sword: Theory and Application.

Author: Benjamin J Smith

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781526769015

Category: History

Page: 248

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The teaching of Historical European Martial Arts has widespread appeal with numerous clubs in many countries. However, comparatively few people who run their own club have qualifications that would make them an instructor in traditional martial arts organizations. Even those with such qualifications lack in-depth cohesive resources for teaching a given style – often because they can only work from incomplete sources. Thus, the need for a book which is grounded in exhaustive research into historical teaching methods and in particular focusing on the specific style of Sigmund Ringeck, who was himself a teacher of fighting arts in the late 14th century or the early or mid-15th century. In The Art of Longsword Fighting, Benjamin J. Smith therefore offers the broader information necessary for teachers of historical swordsmanship to deliver courses based on original, authentic techniques. This includes the various cutting methods, the role of competition in learning these arts, the mechanics of the interpretive process, and insights into how to use a wide range of activities to enhance students’ experience. All of this is achieved through a panoply of photographs showing each move along with explanatory diagrams as well as detailing how and when to introduce each next step in a manner that is faithful to Ringeck’s style. There is no current literature available which demonstrates how each move should be undertaken and, most importantly, why each step should be taken in the sequences described. There is no doubt that a book of this nature has been long awaited and will be welcomed by instructors and students alike as well as those general readers interested in fencing and the longsword of the Renaissance period.
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Hank Reinhardt s The Book of Swords

Hank Reinhardt s The Book of Swords

If you cut with a broadbladed strongly tapering medieval style sword you will use the optimal striking area. Should you happen to hit with the top 3–6 inches of the blade, you will not be able to deliver a very strong cut.

Author: Hank Reinhardt

Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

ISBN: 9781618247339

Category: History

Page: 256

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The sword is the most revered of all of man's weapons. Although the club is older, the knife more universal, and the firearm much more efficient, it is to the sword that most decoration, myth, mysticism and reverence has been given. The katana has been called "The Soul of the Samurai," the Vikings lavished love, care and attached wonderful names to their weapons. The sword has been the symbol of Justice, of Vengeance, and of Mercy. No one artifact has so captured the imagination as has the sword. As our society has grown more and more advanced, and more reliant on technology, there has been an increased interest in the weapons of the past. The romance of the sword is very much alive¾but movies, books and fiction of all types have romanticized the past, and particularly the sword, beyond all recognition of the real thing. Drawing on information from grave excavations, illustrations of battle scenes, and many classical and medieval literary sources, this book discusses how contemporaries showed swords were used. Building on Oakeshott and other authoritative writers on the subject, this volume, representing ten years of writing and a lifetime of experience, will add to the body of knowledge of the history of swords by illustrating not only the beauty of the form of the sword, but also their beauty of function. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Categories: History

Cut And Thrust

Cut And Thrust

We shall reserve the term 'great sword' for the verylarge twohanded weapons that emerged at the end of the Middle Ages, in orderto preserve the distinction between the medieval weapon and its larger Renaissance counterpart.

Author: Martin J. Dougherty

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445639789

Category: History

Page: 208

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A must-have guide to European swords from the Ancient World to the twentieth century for anyone interested in historical fencing, re-enactment and role play.
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The History of Warfare

The History of Warfare

Swords Cutting and thrusting Medieval swords changed little from the sword of the Vikings until the second half of the 13th century, when there was a move toward increased diversity in design. Some swords were made in larger, ...

Author: Matthew Bennett

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 9780785834618

Category: History

Page: 352

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Visual approach to military history combining nineteenth-century engravings, artworks, and diagrams with a text featuring a chronological and cultural review of tactics and technology supplemented by thumbnail studies of individual items of arms and armor.
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The Medieval Longsword

The Medieval Longsword

He performed 187 beheadings during his career, and only a handful were botched jobs that failed to remove the head with a single cut. By contrast, the unusual late longswords depicted by Vadi appear like boar swords, blunt for much of ...

Author: Neil Grant

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472821553

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 80

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The formidable European longsword – featuring a double-edged straight blade in excess of 40in, and capable of being used with one or both hands – remains one of the most impressive and distinctive edged weapons of the late medieval era. Also known as the 'bastard' sword and the 'hand-and-a-half' sword, the longsword evolved from the war swords and great swords of the 14th century, and emerged as a battlefield weapon in the early stages of the Hundred Years' War. It went on to become a key weapon on the battlefields of late medieval Europe, creating a new system of sword fighting. Drawing together period sources, modern technical analysis and his own experiences with the longsword, Neil Grant explores the origins, manufacture and evolving use of this iconic late-medieval edged weapon. Illustrated throughout with specially commissioned full-colour artwork and an array of period illustrations and close-up photographs, this is the enthralling story of one of late-medieval Europe's most distinctive and deadly close-combat weapons.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

Artifacts from Medieval Europe

Artifacts from Medieval Europe

medieval swords evolved as armor evolved. in the early middle Ages, swords tended to be broader, less pointed, and clearly intended for cutting. Armor at the time, whether padded clothing, leather, or mail, while often effective at ...

Author: James B. Tschen-Emmons

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610696227

Category: Art

Page: 321

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Using artifacts as primary sources, this book enables students to comprehensively assess and analyze historic evidence in the context of the medieval period. • Provides a single-volume resource for using medieval artifacts to better understand the long-ago past • Supplies images of artifacts with detailed descriptions, explanations of significance, and a list of sources for more information, which help students learn how to effectively analyze primary sources • Presents a virtual window into many different aspects of medieval society and life, including particular activities or roles—such as farming, weaving, fashion, or being a mason or a knight • Includes sidebars within selected entries that explain key terms and concepts and supply excerpts from contemporary sources
Categories: Art

The Hundred Years War

The Hundred Years War

Evidence from medieval accounts and images, from skeletal remains unearthed at battle sites, and from modern experiments ... sharp swords against accurate reproductions of maile48 all indicate that swords were effective cutting weapons.

Author: Andrew Villalon

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047405863

Category: History

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This work, the first of a two-volume set, brings together essays of European and American scholars on the wider regional and topical aspects of the Hundred Years War as well as articles that revisit questions posed and supposedly “solved” by traditional Hundred Years War scholarship.
Categories: History