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The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe

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Mounted encounters by armored knights locked in desperate hand-to-hand combat, stabbing and wrestling in tavern brawls, deceits and brutalities in street affrays, balletic homicide on the dueling field—these were the martial arts of Renaissance Europe. In this extensively illustrated book Sydney Anglo, a leading historian of the Renaissance and its symbolism, provides the ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published August 11th 2000 by Yale University Press
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Jake
One of the few benefits to being stuck in an airport is that it lets you catch up on your reading. (I’m still working on what a second benefit would be…)

In any case, thanks to a recent trip experience with the airline industries fantastic scheduling skills, I was finally able to put a couple of books to rest. I will start with this one, because it’s been the longest in coming.

Like a lot of young boys, I went through a phase of thinking that the medieval European knight was the coolest thing ever
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Osric Lecourtier
Mar 20, 2011 is currently reading it
As I mentioned to my new supervisor, Polonius, I'm only on page 102 of the 290 pages in this massive tome. The author, Sydney Anglo, certainly knows his subject matter. This is not a light read! Anglo expects that his readers come with a great deal of prior knowledge on the subject. I really wish that Anglo used more subtitles. Despite organizing his book into chapters (Chapter One is on fencing masters and how people learned to fight with swords and such, Chapter Two is about illustrated manual ...more
Rebecca
The biggest problem here is that Anglo's book is now sixteen years old, and the research in HEMA has exploded since then. When he published it, Anglo's book would have been the most up-to-date, introductory-level survey of European Renaissance and late medieval martial arts; now we know that some of his conclusions are not accurate.

That said, it's still the only work of its kind easily accessible to the general public, and much of the background information is valuable. For instance, Anglo sites
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Ben
Mar 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
An amibtious book that covers a dauntingly broad scope of material, this work manages to be both entertaining and well-researched. Although there are few glaring missteps (such as the statement that medeival pollaxes were basically "knightly toys" incapable of real damage), but overall, this is a wonderful book. Anglo's easy British humor makes it a joy to read, while his credentials as a historian make it educational as well. This is a great book for beginning students of Western Martial Arts t ...more
Chris
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The word that comes to mind is 'magisterial'. This book is superb, and should serve as both an introduction and source of inspiration to generations of historians and practitioners.

I don't know why I took so long to read it. But when I did, I devoured it. Probably put a longer review on my blog.

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