This classic treatise of armed combat stands the test of time, provides insight into Sixteenth Century combat and includes substantial introduction, with a detailed glossary of technical terms. Fascinating and highly recommended.
NAME: The Art of Combat, A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570 FILE: R2470 AUTHOR: Joachim Meyer PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline BINDING: hard back PAGES: 316 PRICE: £30.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: C16th combat, post-Medieval combat, Sixteenth Century, sword, axe, knife, dagger, mobility, defence, attack, armour
IMAGE: B2470.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/kbyb3je LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This classic treatise of armed combat stands the test of time, provides insight into Sixteenth Century combat and includes substantial introduction, with a detailed glossary of technical terms. Fascinating and highly recommended. Illustration is provided by the reproduction of original woodcuts. These not only provide important imagery in support of the text, but they also provide illustration of contemporary dress and martial stance. The author was dealing with the weapons then common to infantry combat, namely, sword, daggers, pikes, halberds and quarterstaffs. These were weapons with a very long history from ancient times. This is one of the very first military manuals and demonstrates both the increasing literacy of the common soldier and the benefits of printing in making a manual available in very large numbers. Although the manual was produced in the Sixteenth Century, it covered a form of combat that was already in widespread employment during the Medieval period and was not greatly changed from combat in the times of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, essentially the use of iron and steel weapons by those fighting on foot. This classic military manual will appeal to a diverse readership. It provides insight into society of the times. It covers the technology of hand weapons, It bridges from the Medieval period to the period of Enlightenment. It provides all that those engaged in stage combat and military re-enactment could ask for to ensure the most compelling use of arms. In short it provides for military and social historians and it is easily understood by even the novitiate enthusiast.