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The Medieval Longsword: A Training Manual

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Do you like swords? Do you want to know how to use them? Then this book is for you. With a foreword by historical novelist Christian Cameron, in this book renowned swordsman and author Guy Windsor will
take you through the principles and practice of medieval knightly combat with the longsword. The tactics and techniques come from Il Fior di Battaglia, written in 1410 by Fi
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published July 6th 2014 by The School of European Swordsmanship oy (first published June 30th 2014)
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Jan 18, 2020 added it
Another solid piece of work by Guy Winsor, goes through the stances, strikes and sparring routines that you can accommodate into your own techniques if you do not do so already. There is a good bit on warming up as well as footwork, guards, parrying and free sparring. Worth getting if you are a HEMA veteran or totally new to the scene. I am sure I will be referencing back to this and I have already got the third in his series.
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I can't really speak to the system, I've read about it but haven't had a chance to practice it. His writing on martial arts, and he thoughts there, are more cogent than just about anything I've seen in English from practitioners of Asian martial arts. Really glad I read it. ...more
Drew Lackovic
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first found Guy's works through his Book "The Swordsman's Companion" just a few weeks before the end of the Indigogo campgaign that created this book. I was amazed by the quality and clarity of Guy's writing style, and excitedly jumped on the campaign to get the second book. I've done martial arts for most of my life, so a lot of the "basics" in the first book were pretty second nature to me already, but I really appreciated that Guy went the extra mile and included them. In his Second Volume, ...more
Aidan Blake
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for those beginning or furthering their practice of Medieval Longsword. I've been practicing HEMA Longsword for a year as of the writing of this review, I refer back to this book frequently for insight on techniques and for drills and material for new students. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is beginning or wants to further their practice of longsword. Guy is a great writer and presents the material in the order that someone just starting can follow and be ...more
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excellent teaching on the italian school of fencing
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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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