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Renaissance Combat (ePub)

Jörg Wilhalm's Fightbook, 1522-1523

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By Dierk Hagedorn, Foreword by Tobias Capwell
Greenhill Books
File Size: 77.0 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 200 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781784386573
Published: 30th October 2021


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"Dierk Hagedorn continues to solidify his reputation as one of today's most talented authorities on German Fechtbücher with another superlative volume… Highly recommended for students of history, historical reenactors, and today's fighting practitioners." - Christian Henry Tobler

Longsword instructor Dierk Hagedorn brings the work of one of the most prolific authors of 16th century fight books to a modern audience for the first time. Jörg Wilhalm’s teachings feature fighting techniques with the long sword, in armour and on horseback and combines the teachings of the famous fighting master Johannes Liechtenauer with those of his successors. Vividly illustrated throughout, each technique is rendered in detail that even modern practitioners will be able to easily follow.

This book will appeal to enthusiasts of historical European martial arts, re-enactors, jousters, as well as art historians - particularly those with an interest in the armour and clothing of the 16th century. Comprehensive in its scope, it is a striking and fascinating insight into the ancient art of swordplay.

The first thing you will note about this book, even before you see any content, is just how beautifully it is produced - superb heavy quality glossy paper and even down to the, once common and now rare, silk page marker ribbon. It is most definitely a book that would look good on your bookshelf even if you didn’t like the content! However the content is quite excellent and fully lives up to the presentation - or perhaps that should be that the presentation fully lives up to a superb content?

Even if German sword fighting techniques are not your primary interest I would suggest that for many people this book is worth owning and consulting for the four hundred plus individuals illustrated in contemporary full colour showing styles and colours of clothing when the manuscript was produced.

All in all I would not hesitate in saying that this book would be a superb addition to the library of anyone interested in German soldiery of the first half of the sixteenth century. If you are interested in how to fight with a longsword or on horseback that’s a bonus but the books appeal and use goes far further.


Stephen Ede-Borrett, The Pike and Shot Society

An astonishing account of how the way people fought in battle in the middle ages was originally compiled into an instruction manual in the early 1500s. Fascinating.

Books Monthly

About Dierk Hagedorn

Dierk Hagedorn is a long sword instructor at Hammaborg, a club for historical fencing in Hamburg, and a passionate wearer of armour. He has transcribed more than 30 of the approximately 80 surviving fight books in the German language. In 2017, he won the HEMA Scholar Award. He works for the IT subsidiary of a large German airline for numerous creative issues such as user experience, interface and corporate design.

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