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Gladiatoria, 1450 Fencing Manuscript
Medieval Armoured Combat (Paperback) The 1450 Fencing Manuscript from New Haven

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Gladiatoria: New Haven - MS U860.F46 1450
Dierk Hagedorn and Bartłomiej Walczak

The "Gladiatoria" group of German fencing manuscripts are several editons of a treatise on armoured foot combat, specifically aimed at duel fighting. Gloriously illustrated, and replete with substantial explicatory text, these works are some of the greatest achievements in the corpus of late medieval fight books.
In this gorgeous full color volume, authors Dierk Hagedorn and Bartłomiej Walczak 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 tranlations into modern German and English. And as if that were not enough, the front matter features articles and essays about the fighting tradition found in the manuscript, as well as analyses of the book itself, arms and armour of the mid-15th century, and even a tale of Mr. Hagedorn's adventures in tracking down the manuscript! Further, the authors have included contributions from such luminaries as Sydney Anglo, Hans-Peter Hils, and Daniel Jaquet.

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