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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2016 9:35 p.m. PST

… Modern Period.

"Usually, writing about the Early Modern Age isn't my deal, but it was definitely an interesting time. This was the period in which men went around in puffy pants with rapiers at their hips, ready to duel anyone who ridiculed the puffiness of their pants. And if you're going to wander around with a rapier, you'd better know how to use it.

Enter Joachim Meyer, a German sword expert, who literally wrote the book on sword fighting, and wisely titled it The Art of Sword Combat. Published in 1568 and dedicated to Meyer's local count, Otto von Solms, The Art of Sword Combat instructs the reader on the use of the longsword, the dusack a wooden or leather sword used for sport (Forgeng, 20) and the rapier. Detailed instructions are set forth for each weapon in clear prose, including woodcuts and examples of how and when to use each stroke of the sword. This is a purely instructional book, which makes it great reading for historians because it breaks things down into its simplest parts, and explains everything. As Meyer himself says…"
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SBminisguy09 Sep 2016 8:48 a.m. PST

There's an historical fencing school in my area, love to be able to afford to go and learn the Longsword!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2016 10:04 a.m. PST



CeruLucifus09 Sep 2016 12:27 p.m. PST

Looks like an awesome book, tempted to order it, and I don't fence or do re-enactment or cosplay.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2016 10:59 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend.


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