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SWORD FIGHTING 2:
An Introduction to the Single-Handed Sword and Buckler
Herbert Schmidt
• Detailed single-handed sword fighting and buckler-wielding instruction based on Medieval combat manuals
• Step-by-step guide to multiple fighting stances and methods
• High-quality still photos offer rich details of every movement and action
In the sequel to the first volume, which introduced the long sword, Herbert Schmidt explains single-handed
sword fighting techniques with a buckler, or small shield. “Single-handed sword” here refers to the sword
wielded inone hand, as used throughout almost the entireMiddleAges.This book analyzes historical evidence,
taken mainly from the 13th-century German combat manual
Manuscript I:33
, or “Tower Manuscript,” the
oldest and most widely trusted European sword fighting manual in existence. Find information on binds,
posture, footwork, free fighting, and individual plays taken fromthewritings of fencingmastersHansTalhoffer,
Andre Lignitzer, and Paulus Kal in this modern textbook that allows anyone interested—whether beginner
or advanced—to work and improve his single-handed sword fighting skills.
HerbertSchmidt
is the leader of ArsGladii, theAustrian swordfighting club, and is part of an international
research community that is reconstructing historical European swordfighting and awakening it to new life.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 934 color photos • 240 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4826-6 • hard cover • $39.99
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THE SWORD: MYTH & REALITY
Technology, History, Fighting, Forging, Movie Swords
Thomas Laible
• Accessible reference book explains the difference between swords in popular culture and the real world
• Information spanning three millennia, with more than 500 color photos
• Essential for folks who handle real swords or for those with an active fantasy life
The history, manufacture, and ancient andmodern uses of swords in Europe from the 5th century to today can
be found here in one convenient source. Learn sword nomenclature and classification, discover sword physics
secrets, and compare the history of swordsmanship inEurope to that of Japan. Practical informationondifferent
sword types, including those usedbyVikings andSamurai, broadens the reader’s understanding of the technical
diversity of and relationships between swords from different eras and cultures. Readers can also learn how to
tell authentic swords apart from fantasy swords, or “sword-like objects” (SLO), which are commonly used
in movies like the
Lord of the Rings
trilogy. Also, follow the manufacturing process, from welding to pommel
construction, and read about historical replicas. Join the authors and countless other featured sword masters
and experts on a fact-based and fun-filled adventure from the Middle Ages to modern Europe.
Thomas Laible
studied history and education and works as an editor of the journal “Weapons: Internal
Marke.t” He has been working for 20 years with swords, daggers, and knives and has written several books
and numerous articles on these topics.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 526 color photos • 240 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4877-8 • hard cover • $50.00
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