Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Halfsword Image in Goliath MS corresponds to the technique illustrated by Tobler's Illus.37.4 in Secrets of German Swordsmanship. You will see that in Goliath R's* pommel is not so low, resulting in a thrust between the legs rather than the armpit, and his left hand is further forward on the blade. If he’s thrusting at the inner thigh of the right leg, that would fit Ringeck and von Danzig’s instructions to “attack him to his right side”

The technique is also described in von Danzig’s fechtbuch on page 62-R:

I’ve tried both, and like the Goliath version better.

*For brevity, I use L for the left hand figure and R for the right hand one in such scenes.

No comments: