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Title The Art of the Two Handed Sword
Author Ken Mondschein
Publisher Ska Swordplay Books
Release 2012
Category Fencing
Total Pages 231
ISBN 9780978902285
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Art of the Two-Handed Sword translates one of the last surviving works on the use of the two-handed sword, also called the great sword, a Renaissance descendant of the medieval knightly weapon that was equally at home on the battlefield, at tournaments, in the fencing academy, or on the street. The second half of the book provides a clear, practical, detailed guide to its use, as well as to the theory and practice of historical fencing. Francesco Alfieri's 1653 Lo Spadone (The Two-Handed Sword), translated here, provides a "missing link" between medieval and modern martial arts. It displays clear continuity with both medieval swordsmanship and the still living traditions of sabre and great stick. Beginning in the 14th Century, swords became more sharply pointed in order to pierce the heavy plate armor of the day, and the grip became longer to allow two-handed use for greater power. By the end of the 15th Century, the two-hander, as long as a man is tall, had become a fearsome infantry weapon used to break up pike formations and in honor guards defending the standard or banner. It was also used in tournaments, on the field of honor, and for civilian self-defense. This long two-hander was known in Italy as the spadone. Its basic methods have continued to the present day in great stick technique. The Art of the Two-Handed Sword is the first complete English translation of Alfieri's book, supplemented by related materials: the MS Riccardiano (c. 1550) and works by Camillo Agrippa (1553), Giacomo di Grassi (1570), and finally Guieseppe Colombani (1711), who provides our last textual reference to the weapon. Alfieri's work is supplemented by Ken Mondschein's painstaking reconstruction and adaptation of longsword practice for the present day. He draws on primary sources, martial arts traditions, classical and modern fencing theory, and extensive practical experience to create a practical and enjoyable method for learning and practicing the spadone under modern conditions. Numerous photographs illustrate the techniques that he describes.

The Art of the Two Handed Sword by Francesco Alfieri

Title The Art of the Two Handed Sword
Author Francesco Alfieri
Publisher
Release 2012
Category
Total Pages 231
ISBN 9780978902223
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Sword Art Online Progressive 4 light novel
Author Reki Kawahara
Publisher Yen Press LLC
Release 2017-07-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0316474614
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

It's been just two months since they were trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, and Kirito and Asuna continue their struggle at the vanguard of progress through the game. The fifth floor of Aincrad is a mazelike ruin, and the two dare to take pleasure in raiding it for the treasure it contains. Upon returning to the fourth floor, it's time to do some questing on behalf of the Elf Lord Yofilis--but here begins Asuna's discontent, for in doing so they will have to face her least favorite monster ever...

Title Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of War
Author Ken Mondschein
Publisher McFarland
Release 2017-09-29
Category History
Total Pages 236
ISBN 1476629269
Language English, Spanish, and French
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George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and HBO’s Game of Thrones series depict a medieval world at war. But how accurate are they? The author, an historian and medieval martial arts expert, examines in detail how authentically Martin’s fictional world reflects the arms and armor, fighting techniques and siege warfare of the Middle Ages. Along the way, he explores the concept of “medievalism”—modern pop culture’s idea of the Middle Ages.

The Art of Sword Combat by Joachim Meyer

Title The Art of Sword Combat
Author Joachim Meyer
Publisher Casemate Publishers
Release 2016-08-31
Category History
Total Pages 144
ISBN 147387677X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This sixteenth-century German guide to sword fighting and combat training is a crucial source for understanding medieval swordplay techniques. Following his translation of Joachim Meyer’s The Art of Combat, Jeffrey L. Forgeng was alerted to an earlier version of Meyer’s text, discovered in Lund University Library in Sweden. The manuscript, produced in Strasbourg around 1568, is illustrated with thirty watercolor images and seven ink diagrams. The text covers combat with the longsword (hand-and-a-half sword), dusack (a one-handed practice weapon comparable to a sabre), and rapier. The manuscript’s theoretical discussion of guards sheds significant light on this key feature of the historical practice, not just in relation to Meyer but in relation to medieval combat systems in general. The Art of Sword Combat also offers an extensive repertoire of training drills for both the dusack and the rapier, a feature largely lacking in treatises of the period and critical to modern reconstructions of the practice. Forgeng’s translation also includes a biography of Meyer, much of which has only recently come to light, as well as technical terminology and other essential information for understanding and contextualizing the work.

Legend of Tianyuan World by , Zhenyinfang

Title Legend of Tianyuan World
Author , Zhenyinfang
Publisher Funstory
Release 2020-03-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages
ISBN 1648572472
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Zhang Tianyuan woke up again, but he came to the new continent and began to practice again with the memory of his previous life. He has a lot of talent. He has surpassed his peers since he was young. It's very easy for others to break through the difficulties when they enter the Tao from the cultivator. When the auction house was founded, she got along with the beauty disciple of Yaowang and wandered in the land of Tenglong together, even taking in a thousand year old zombie. Pursue and kill the ancestors, break into the wasteland, kill the Immortal Emperor and the celestial being, and fight against the ultimate in the dark. Title the controller, leaving an eternal legend.

The Art of Longsword Fighting by Benjamin J Smith

Title The Art of Longsword Fighting
Author Benjamin J Smith
Publisher Frontline Books
Release 2021-09-30
Category History
Total Pages 248
ISBN 1526769018
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The teaching of Historical European Martial Arts has widespread appeal with numerous clubs in many countries. However, comparatively few people who run their own club have qualifications that would make them an instructor in traditional martial arts organizations. Even those with such qualifications lack in-depth cohesive resources for teaching a given style – often because they can only work from incomplete sources. Thus, the need for a book which is grounded in exhaustive research into historical teaching methods and in particular focusing on the specific style of Sigmund Ringeck, who was himself a teacher of fighting arts in the late 14th century or the early or mid-15th century. In The Art of Longsword Fighting, Benjamin J. Smith therefore offers the broader information necessary for teachers of historical swordsmanship to deliver courses based on original, authentic techniques. This includes the various cutting methods, the role of competition in learning these arts, the mechanics of the interpretive process, and insights into how to use a wide range of activities to enhance students’ experience. All of this is achieved through a panoply of photographs showing each move along with explanatory diagrams as well as detailing how and when to introduce each next step in a manner that is faithful to Ringeck’s style. There is no current literature available which demonstrates how each move should be undertaken and, most importantly, why each step should be taken in the sequences described. There is no doubt that a book of this nature has been long awaited and will be welcomed by instructors and students alike as well as those general readers interested in fencing and the longsword of the Renaissance period.

Martial Arts of the World by Thomas A. Green

Title Martial Arts of the World
Author Thomas A. Green
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release 2010
Category Reference
Total Pages 663
ISBN 1598842439
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference ever published on the wide range of martial arts disciplines practiced in cultures around the world. * Includes the scholarship of 67 expert, international contributors * Presents 30 images of martial arts in practice * Offers bibliographic lists at the end of each section pointing to further reading in print and online * Includes a comprehensive index in each volume

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