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A complete beginner's guide to training in medieval Italian longsword. This book covers everything from choosing a sword, to warming up, to fencing. Full of set drills and clear descriptions, this book has been the standard work on the subject since it first came out in 2004.
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published October 7th 2013 by School of European Swordsmanship (first published May 2004)
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Aidan Blake
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great reference that I find best paired with Guy Windsor's "Mastering the Arts of Arms Volume 2 - The Medieval Longsword". Where the aforementioned book goes into technical detail and presents technique and guides for learning the technical aspects of longsword, this book goes into the philosophy of training and how to train with different types of fencers. It also has some technical detail and more drills/technique, however this book really nicely breaks down some of the more met ...more
Rachel
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know how to wield a longsword (for whatever reason) this is the book for you! Forget what you see in movies, those guys would be dead within seconds of the battle.
Tom
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book on HEMA and I must say Winsor's approach is very good but can be a bit overwhelming for the beginner, although I will go back over this again at a future period and start to do his drills when I am a bit more competent.

This book focuses on sword fighting only and has some great detail and information regarding this art. Mainly looking at Fiore Dei Liberi's system of fighting and I would suggest getting the translation from Wiktenauer as this is the main primary source that
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Jeff Barnes
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good companion to help in the study of the sword

I read it more like a cookbook for recipes on how to work on techniques. It is a great addition to any one studying the sword.
James Velasquez
Jan 13, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Book on Italian Longsword Art. Very Good.
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