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Art of Combat (2022) 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
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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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4 of 5 Nice to have November 15, 2022
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Canada  
Useful to have if you're already taking HEMA lessons from someone who uses Meyer. Very dense.

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4 of 5 Perfect study guide November 15, 2022
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from NH United States  
Individually translates all positions and how to deliver strikes/movements accordingly.

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5 of 5 September 26, 2022
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5 of 5 A delightful piece of history September 7, 2022
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
An essential resource for learning the curse, guards and terminology for Meyer style fencing

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