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Art of Combat (2022) by Joachim Meyer

Art of Combat (2022) by Joachim Meyer

30 Reviews
Product Code: Book-GH.Art01
Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570
by Joachim Meyer
Translated by Jeffrey L. Forgeng

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.

"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

  • 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.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 331
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books: Frontline Books
Date: December 9, 2014, republished Jan 2020
Dimensions: 8" x 10" x 1"


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Ben from Logan, UT United States
July 13, 2023
Great book
The book itself came new and crisp. The contents are fantastic. Meyer is easy and fun to read and the introduction really does help understand the context.
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Austan Skidmore from CHESTERFIELD, MO United States
June 16, 2023
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June 1, 2023
Excellent book
As a beginner in the realm of fencing, this book has been a great start. Not only does it provide historical context to Meyer's teachings, but also the techniqiues of medieval martial arts.
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Austin Johnson from Peoria, AZ United States
May 31, 2023
I love Meyer's Handbook
I bought this book to learn Meyer at my school in Arizona. Me and the boys love doing flashy Meyer plays
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Max Boam from Holladay, UT United States
March 11, 2023
So excited to have this book
Not much to say considering this is a resale product but the book came in good condition and it came quickly which what else can you ask for
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