In his short life, master cutler and Freifechter Joachim Meyer
appears to have had quite a successful career as a fencing master,
teaching craftsmen and nobility alike while also authoring at least four
different fencing treatises (and possibly more). His works became
renowned far outside of his own nation and were copied by other authors
for over 100 years after his death.
This book contains Dr.
Rebecca Garber's entirely new translation of Meyer's longest and most
developed treatise, Foundational Description of the Valiant, Knightly,
and Noble Art of Fencing, published in 1570. It teaches complex and
sophisticated methods for using all the typical weapons of his day,
beginning with the two-handed sword prized by the tradition of Johannes
Liechtenauer, then showing how traditional German fencing could be
applied to the eastern European dusack and the Mediterranean rapier
which had become popular as sidearms, and finally covering the dagger
and polearms that were commonly used in the militias of the Imperial
To aid in the study of this important work,
the 61 elaborate Figures created by the circle of Tobias Stimmer have
been broken up into individual pairs of fencers and placed inline in the
text, and hundreds of footnotes have been added throughout. In
addition, Roger Norling has provided an exhaustive, 110-page
introduction to Meyer and the world that he inhabited.
This book will prove to be an important resource for any student of medieval or early modern fencing.