Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books

Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books

Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries)

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This study of study of the Fight Books (Fechtbücher) created in Europe during the 14th through 17th centuries provides an overview for those interested in the emerging field of historical European martial arts studies. Contributors are interdisciplinary scholars and researchers as well as martial arts practitioners. They examine a variety of texts in European languages that reveal the existence of a European martial arts tradition. Part 1 deals with methodological issues for studying these works, and Part 2 overviews texts of various regions. Part 3 presents case studies of specific texts. Some topics broached include linguistic aspects of German fencing and wrestling treatises, the literary background to medieval German fight books, the Italian schools of fencing, the Destreza Verdadera, development and reception of the Buckler Play, and martial identity and the culture of the sword in early modern Germany. The book includes color and b&w diagrams and illustrations from texts. It serves as an introduction to the field and as a research tool for both novice historians and specialists. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books offers insights into the cultural and historical transmission and practices of martial arts, based on interdisciplinary research on the corpus of the Fight Books (Fechtbücher) in 14th- to 17th-century Europe.

Publisher: Leiden ;, Boston :, Brill,, [2016]
ISBN: 9789004324725
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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