The Medieval Dagger

Medieval. Dagger. 'Guy Windsor has a unique perspective that puts you in the skin of the chivalric fighter. Medieval Dagger is practical, complete (like Fiore's own work), and easy to use, whether you are new to the art or a veteran ...

Author: Guy Windsor

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9781937439446

Category: History

Page: 178

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The term "medieval martial arts" conjures images of armoured knights wielding sword, lance, and axe. While the image is correct, at the foundation of knightly combat was a sophisticated form of close quarter combat, centered on fighting with-and against-the dagger, a deadly weapon of both self-defense and last resort.In Mastering the Art of Arms, Volume One: The Medieval Dagger, Guy Windsor presents a complete guide to the principles and practice of Italian dagger combat, as set down in Il Fior di Battaglia a manuscript written in 1410. Readers are guided step-by-step through the process of mastering this six hundred year old art, from choosing a dagger to striking with it; from guard positions to steps and turns; from disarms to locks and takedowns; from safe falling practice to formal drills, and finally pressure testing their skills with sparring.Both a primer on the art and a methodology for on-going training, this book will give the complete novice a solid starting point, while providing useful drills and ideas for advanced martial artists. Those who study other traditional knife arts, and modern military combatives, will find many familiar techniques present in this ancient system.

The Medieval Longsword

to the Art of Arms! In late 2009 I set out to write a longsword training manual to replace my first book, ... What started as one book is now four: The Armizare Vade Mecum, The Medieval Dagger, The Medieval Longsword (this fine tome) ...

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: The School of European Swordsmanship

ISBN: 9789526819341

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 242

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Ever wonder how good you’d be with a sword? This book is for you. Do love movie sword fights? Learn how real sword fights work. Are you into stage combat? Add depth with historically accurate technique. You’re a bad uncle looking for a present for your niece? Get her this book, though her parents might hate you. Or do you just like swords? If you’ve ever wanted to turn your sword dreams into reality, then this book is for you. Anyone can learn the medieval Art of the longsword. This book will give you a thorough grounding in the techniques and tactics from the 600-year-old manuscript Il Fior di Battaglia, and includes free access to additional resources such as videos and full-sized images, to help you translate the movements from page to real life. Sure, it’s a 600-year old manuscript, but you know what? People who studied this manuscript lived. Why not stick with something that works? The Medieval Longsword covers everything you need to know from tools of the trade, to footwork, strikes and defences, to how to exploit your adversary’s mistakes, and how to disarm your opponent. This complete and approachable guide to the Art of Arms provides a gateway to a world-wide community of likeminded people also practicing this historical martial art. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a competent fencer, this book by author and internationally renowned swordsman Guy Windsor will guide you towards mastery of this ancient Art.

The Medieval Longsword

... thus be less common than the sources suggest, however, just as modern aircraft pilots spend much time practising drills for emergencies which rarely occur. The fightbooks are valuable resources for understanding medieval sword fighting,

Author: Neil Grant

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472821546

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 80

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The formidable European longsword – featuring a double-edged straight blade in excess of 40in, and capable of being used with one or both hands – remains one of the most impressive and distinctive edged weapons of the late medieval era. Also known as the 'bastard' sword and the 'hand-and-a-half' sword, the longsword evolved from the war swords and great swords of the 14th century, and emerged as a battlefield weapon in the early stages of the Hundred Years' War. It went on to become a key weapon on the battlefields of late medieval Europe, creating a new system of sword fighting. Drawing together period sources, modern technical analysis and his own experiences with the longsword, Neil Grant explores the origins, manufacture and evolving use of this iconic late-medieval edged weapon. Illustrated throughout with specially commissioned full-colour artwork and an array of period illustrations and close-up photographs, this is the enthralling story of one of late-medieval Europe's most distinctive and deadly close-combat weapons.

The Sword of the People

History, Culture, and Methodology of the Traditional Italian Knife Fight Roberto Laura ... Mastering the Art of Arms: The Medieval Dagger (2012) Guy Windsor, The Medieval Longsword: Volume Two (2014) Luca Porzio und Gregory Mele, ...

Author: Roberto Laura

Publisher: tredition

ISBN: 9783347056480

Category: Study Aids

Page: 428

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This book serves to give an understanding of the ways of the traditional Italian fencing schools with knives and sticks, thus contributing to their preservation.

Daggers and Fighting Knives of the Western World

Chapter Two Medieval Daggers The Middle Ages witnessed the real flowering of the fighting knife and dagger . New forms appeared , and variations multiplied in a manner , and on a scale , never before achieved . The demand was great .

Author: Harold L. Peterson

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486417433

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 134

View: 425


Provides an historical analysis of the range of weapons used in hand-to-hand combat from prehistoric flint knives to eared daggers of the mid-sixteenth century, to nineteenth-century British and American naval dirks.

Advanced Longsword Form and Function

So far the series includes: The Seven Principles of Mastery, Choosing a Sword, Preparing for Freeplay, Ethics, and Teaching a Martial Arts Class. The Swordsman's Companion, a training manual for medieval longsword, 2004.

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: The School of European Swordsmanship

ISBN: 9789527157039

Category: History

Page: 198

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This book builds on the foundation laid in The Medieval Longsword, and teaches you how to train Fiore dei Liberi’s Art of Arms, as shown in his 1410 manuscript ll Fior di Battaglia. Renowned swordsman and author Guy Windsor explains three of the longsword forms that are used every day in The School of European Swordsmanship: The Cutting Drill, The Farfalla di Ferro, and The Longsword Syllabus Form. Each form is explained step by step and application by application, with abundant photographs and images from Fiore’s manuscript. Guy takes you through each step first as a pair drill, then as part of the form, then as a starting point for further training, or for further research into Il Fior di Battaglia. Within these pages you will find in-depth instructions and analysis, dozens of tips for how to improve your skills, and enough material for years of study.

The Art of Sword Fighting in Earnest

The Swordsman's Companion, a training manual for medieval longsword. 2004. The Duellist's Companion, a training manual for 17th century Italian rapier. 2006. The Little Book of Push-ups. 2009. The Armizare Vade Mecum. 2011.

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: Spada Press

ISBN: 9789527157398

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 186

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“Guy has the rare talent of making this material accessible” -Neal Stephenson (from his Foreword to Swordfighting) “Guy Windsor's greatest gift to WMA/HEMA is his marvellous ability to translate period language into a meaningful experience for modern WMA/HEMA practitioners and he has once more shown his ability to do exactly that.” - Adam (review of Veni Vadi Vici) NOTE: THIS EDITION DOES NOT INCLUDE A FACSIMILE OF THE MANUSCRIPT From the late fifteenth century comes a detailed manuscript on knightly combat, written by Philippo Vadi. Dedicated to one of the most famous Italian condottiere of the age, Guidobaldo, Duke of Urbino, this book covers the theory of combat with the longsword, as well as dozens of techniques of the sword, the spear, the pollax, and the dagger. The Art of Sword Fighting in Earnest includes a detailed introduction, setting Vadi and his combat style in their historical context, a complete translation of the manuscript, and a detailed commentary from the perspective of the practising martial artist. Please note it does not include a facsimile of the manuscript, but that may be downloaded from a link provided in the text. This volume is the second edition of Dr. Windsor’s earlier work, Veni Vadi Vici, updating the translation and the introduction. This is essential reading for any practitioner of knightly combat, academic historian, or enthusiast for the quattrocento period of Italian history.

Medieval Armoured Combat

OAKESHOTT : Records of the Medieval Sword, p. 157. OAKESHOTT : The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, p. 65. 72 73 74 On the subject of sword-physics see also LAIBLE : Das Schwert, p. 43ff. WANKE : “Anderthalbhänder – Zweihänder – Langes ...

Author: Dierk Hagedorn

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781784383343

Category: History

Page: 272

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The "Gladiatoria" group of German fencing manuscripts are several editions of a treatise on armoured foot combat, specifically aimed at duel fighting.Gloriously-illustrated, and replete with substantial commentary, these works are some of the greatest achievements in the corpus of late medieval fight books. These works have both tremendous artistic merit and incalculable historical value.In this remarkable full colour volume, authors Dierk Hagedorn and Bartomiej Walczak elegantly present their work on the copy of this treatise now in the Yale Center for British Art, including a reproduction of the manuscript, a full transcription, and translations into English.The work includes a foreword by Sydney Anglo which explains how the work shows a highly sophisticated pedagogical system of movement and applauds the editors for presenting the material in a clear and practical way.Additional essays discuss other aspects of the manuscript - including a tale of Dierk Hagedorn's adventures tracking down the manuscript.

The Complete Rapier

On Fiore's Art of Arms: Mastering the Art of Arms, Book 1: The Medieval Dagger A training manual for Fiore's dagger material, by Guy Windsor. This is a complete overview of the dagger material in Fiore's art of arms, and includes ...

Author: Dr. Guy Windsor

Publisher: Swordschool Ltd

ISBN: 9789527157732

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 567


Take your skills and knowledge from absolute beginner to experienced fencer with the Complete Rapier Workbook, Guy Windsor’s training method based on his interpretation of Ridolfo Capoferro’s 1610 rapier treatise, The Great Representation of the Art and Practice of Fencing. This workbook format includes extracts and images from Capoferro’s book (and others), with clear explanations, step-by-step instructions, and a link to a video clip of every action, technique, and drill. This workbook is in four parts: Part 1: Beginners: how to warm up safely, how to stand and step, how to hold the sword, and the fundamental blade-on-blade actions teaching you how to safely approach your partner, get control of their sword, and hit them: and what to do when they try the same thing on you! Part 2: Completing the Basics: covering all the important actions of the system, from the scannatura (“the slaughtering" to the scanso della vita (“the avoidance of the waist”). Part 3: Developing your Skills: now that you know the techniques and tactics, you can learn to actually apply them at speed. This section lays out a clear and practical way to cross the gap between “I know this” to “I can do this”. Part 4: Sword and Dagger and Sword and Cape adds the most commonly used off-hand weapons, the dagger, and the cape, beginning with basic guards and actions, and including drills to build up your proficiency with them

Medieval Armies and Weapons in Western Europe

Various Forms of Daggers. From left to right: dagger, ca. In the military sense, technology is the application of science to war. However, even before the expansion of science in our modern times, man coupled deduction with intuition to ...

Author: Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786462513

Category: History

Page: 288

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The Middle Ages are commonly divided into three periods--early, high or central, and late. Each period was marked by its own crises and wars, and the weapons and fighters reflected the technological and other advancements being made. This book is a richly illustrated history of warfare in Western Europe during those years. Part One, the early Middle Ages, covers the late Romans, the Germanic invaders and Byzantines, the Franks, the Vikings and Hungarians, and the Anglo-Saxons and Normans in England. Part Two, the high or central Middle Ages, considers the feudal system, knights and chivalry, knights at war, infantrymen, land warfare, siege and naval warfare, crusades in Palestine, templars and hospitalers, the Reconquista in Spain, and the Teutonic knights. Part Three, the late Middle Ages, discusses the evolution of new types of armor and weapons, the Hundred Years' War, mercenaries, and firearms.