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The Swordsman's Companion

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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. ...more
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
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.
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
T. James
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most useful and fascinating books on this topic!
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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I am a swordsman, writer, and entrepreneur. I research and teach medieval and Renaissance Italian swordsmanship, blog about it, write books about it, have developed a card game to teach it (which involved founding another company, and crowdfunding), and run The School of European Swordsmanship.

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“George Silver’s Paradoxes of Defence. The original reads: I speake not against Maisters of Defence indeed, they are to be honoured, nor against the Science, it is noble, and in mine opiniõ to be preferred next to Diuinitie; for as Diuinitie preserveth the soule from hell and the diuell, so doth this noble Science defend the bodie from wounds & slaughter. And moreouer, the exercising of weapons putteth away aches, griefes, and diseases, it increaseth strength, and sharpneth the wits. It giueth a perfect iudgement, it expelleth melancholy, cholericke and euill conceits, it keepeth a man in breath, perfect health, and long life. It is unto him that hath the perfection thereof, a most friendly and comfortable companion when he is alone, having but only his weapon about him. It putteth him out of feare, & in the warres and places of most danger, it maketh him bold, hardie and valiant. This encapsulates for me most of the benefits of training.” 0 likes
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