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Medieval Combat in Colour (Paperback)

A Fifteenth-Century Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat

Medieval History Greenhill Books Greenhill: Medieval 15th Century

By Hans Talhoffer
Greenhill Books
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781784382858
Published: 12th December 2018



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Hans Talhoffer's professional fencing manual of 1467 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 defence and every defence a counter-attack. Talhoffer reveals the techniques for wrestling, unarmoured fighting with the long sword, pole-axe, 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.

The first thing I love about this book, is it’s size.

It is clearly meant to be used as a training resource.

The second thing I love about this book, is they take one image per page and give a “simple” interpretation of what is going on. Not overly flowery but basic follow along guidance. It is a great book to open you up to the world of Talhoffer.

I love this book and every one in our school needs to own it. We use Talhoffer for Messer and will introduce Talhoffer dagger into practice too.

The book itself is almost a complete curriculum including wrestling, unarmoured fighting with the long sword, pole-axe, dagger, sword and buckler, and mounted combat.

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