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New Book: The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer's Med

PostPosted: 16 Mar 2012 13:37
by Mark Lancaster
This may seem strange for a group the concentrates on Fiore, but we are proud to be able to supply a major new work - The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer's Medieval German Longsword.

This book has just been published and is available from all major outlets or directly from our shop ... click here

This is the back cover information ...

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This book will provide an opportunity to study the martial system behind the Art that is medieval German longsword, as taught by Johannes Liechtenauer in the mid 14 th Century and glossed by Sigmund Ringeck the Elder (c 1502). The contents include a brief explanation of medieval training practices, followed by a detailed description of the late medieval longsword, including an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the various training simulators available.

The book then covers Liechtenauer's five Maisterhaw and the four Guards, including Ringeck's additional static positions. These are expanded in considerable detail, explaining the proper stance, weight distribution and movement involved, as well as the strengths and weaknesses inherent in each element. This is combined with vitally important martial principles necessary to provide a new scholar with a fundamental understanding of the Art. 17 additional illustrations further clarify the text, with the intention of providing the reader with a comprehensive martial grounding before attempting more complex techniques.

ISBN: 978-0-9564871-1-7


Cheers,

Mark

Re: New Book: The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer's

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2015 17:21
by ScarabMonkey
Does anyone have a review of this book?
Does it include the whole gloss or just the sections mentioned in the abstract?

Re: New Book: The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer's

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2015 17:39
by KeithFarrell
ScarabMonkey wrote:Does anyone have a review of this book?
Does it include the whole gloss or just the sections mentioned in the abstract?


I had a read through the book a while ago. It is interesting, and there are some good ideas in there. However, I found it to contain some assertions about mechanics with which I disagree strongly (such as positioning the knee during steps and stances); it also includes a translation of only part of the gloss, and interpretation for only part of the system. It would be much more valuable if the next volume could be bought alongside it, to have a complete overview of the interpretation.

If the second volume could be available, and both the interpretation and the translation completed, then I would definitely recommend it, even if only to have access to another translation and another point of view on how to do things. However, without the rest of the translation and interpretation, it's not so helpful.

Re: New Book: The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer's

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2015 20:40
by Pete085
Thx for sharing the information. As one of the few guys hier on board learing The german school of fencing, I'll check out this new book for sure.