The Art of Combat, A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570

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.


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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

ISBN: 1-84832-778-1

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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.