Thursday, March 11, 2010

Two Recent Books on Medieval Martial Arts

In Saint George's Name

Freelance Academy Press brings readers innovative books and rich supporting material in the field of Western martial arts, American and European history, arms and armour, chivalry, historical arts and crafts, and related adult and young adult fiction. We do this through new educational books and carefully selected, timeless reprints.

If you are interested in these topics, this is a new publisher to watch.

Here's a review.

The Knightly Art of the Longsword

At 342 pages, this is a significant expansion on Hugh Knight's earlier work on the subject.


Woodcrafter said...

You can tell how bad a book it will be by the failed attempt on the cover. He completely misses the original authors example.

Hugh Knight said...
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Hugh Knight said...

How so? According to the actual German text of the plate, the Thrust of Wrath is used to counter a cut from above, exactly as the modern picture shows (see Talhoffer 1467 fol. 3r). To help you understand this technique, you can see a more developed description of it in Jörg Wilhalm's Codex I.6.2.2. fol. 4r and in his BSB CGM 3712 fol. 99r. I hope that will help you understand how this technique works.