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Art of Combat (2014) by Joachim Meyer
Art of Combat (2014) by Joachim Meyer


 
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Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570
by Joachim Meyer
Translated by Jeffrey L. Forgeng
Hardcover

First published in 1570, Joachim Meyer's The Art of Combat is among the most important texts in the rich corpus of German martial arts treatises of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Meyer is unique in offering full recommendations on how to train for various weapons forms. He divides his book into five parts by weapon types: longsword; dusack (a practice weapon analogous to a sabre); rapier; dagger; and staff weapons.

For each weapon, Meyer lays out the principles of its use and the vocabulary of techniques, and then describes a range of specific 'devices', attack combinations for use in combat. This rational approach, along with Meyer's famous and profuse woodcut illustrations, make this a crucial source for understanding the history and techniques of medieval and Renaissance martial arts.

In the first ever English translation of this important work, Jeffrey Forgeng has sought to improve accessibility of the text. His Introduction is the first substantial account to be published in English of the German Fechtbuch corpus, and the Glossary likewise is the first of its kind to be published in English.

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"A fascination, too little-known, and vividly illustrated volume, Meyer's Art of Combat is especially remarkable in its attention to fighting with halberds, pikes, and quarterstaffs. Military and cultural historians as well as those interested in stage combat will find it invaluable." - Professor James Shapiro

Features
  • First ever English translation of this classic 16th century combat treatise.
  • Includes a substantial introduction to the medieval German martial arts tradition and a glossary of technical terms.
  • With more than sixty beautiful woodcut illustrations.

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5 of 5 Finally! October 24, 2020
Reviewer: John Armitage from Ballston Lake, NY United States  
The original edition was standard before entered HEMA. I am thankful for a new print to include in my collection and studies. And thank you for the Meyer Square bandanna! Now I have no excuse to forget the routine

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5 of 5 June 1, 2020
Reviewer: Daniel from Brazil  
Very good quality book and service. Thanks for everything

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5 of 5 May 22, 2020
Reviewer: Tifa Belle from Saratoga Springs, UT United States  
Super fast shipping, item arrived in EXCELLENT condition, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase!

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5 of 5 A Great Edition and Addition to My Collection May 21, 2020
Reviewer: Collin Vredenburg from ROCKVILLE, MD United States  
I really like this translation and edition. As always, Purpleheart shipped it super quick, and it arrived in just a couple of days. About halfway through reading it, I can't say much about the translation, since I'm not an expert, but the binding and printing (especially the images) are really well done and the paper used is very substantial. I almost don't want to highlight and write in the margins of such a pretty book... But I'm going to anyway :)

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