Mastering the Art of Arms Vol 1 The Medieval Dagger

Author: Guy Windsor
Publisher: Freelance Academy Press
ISBN: 9781783019816
Release Date: 2016-07-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The term "medieval martial arts" conjures images of armour-clad knights wielding sword, lance and axe. While the image is correct, at the foundation of knightly combat was a sophisticated form of close quarter combat, instantly recognizable to students of classical Asian arts such as jujutsu or practitioners of modern, military combatives. At the heart of this system was fighting with - and against - the dagger, a vicious weapon of both self-defense and last resort that was dangerous to those in and out of armour alike. In Mastering the Art of Arms, Volume One: The Medieval Dagger, renowned instructor, author and researcher, Guy Windsor, presents a complete guide to the principles and practice of Italian dagger combat. Drawing from Il Fior di Battaglia, a manuscript written in 1410, students are guided step-by-step through the process of mastering this six hundred year old art, from choosing a dagger to striking with it; from guard positions to steps and turns; from disarms to locks and takedowns; from safe falling practice to formal drills, and finally sparring, or free-play. Both a primer on the art and a methodology for on-going training, this book will give the complete novice a solid starting point, while providing useful drills and ideas for advanced martial artists.

Daggers and Fighting Knives of the Western World

Author: Harold L. Peterson
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486417433
Release Date: 2001-03-27
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles

Provides an historical analysis of the range of weapons used in hand-to-hand combat from prehistoric flint knives to eared daggers of the mid-sixteenth century, to nineteenth-century British and American naval dirks.

Medieval Military Technology

Author: Kelly DeVries
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442604971
Release Date: 2012
Genre: History

This thorough update of a classic book includes fully revised content, new sections on the use of horses, handguns, incendiary weapons, and siege engines, and new illustrations.

Medieval Military Technology Second Edition

Author: Kelly Robert DeVries
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442604995
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: History

First published in 1992, Medieval Military Technology has become the definitive book in its field, garnering much praise and a large readership. This thorough update of a classic book, regarded as both an excellent overview and an important piece of scholarship, includes fully revised content, new sections on the use of horses, handguns, incendiary weapons, and siege engines, and eighteen new illustrations. The four key organizing sections of the book still remain: arms and armor, artillery, fortifications, and warships. Throughout, the authors connect these technologies to broader themes and developments in medieval society as well as to current scholarly and curatorial controversies.

The Medieval Longsword

Author: Guy Windsor
Publisher: Guy Windsor
ISBN: 9789526819341
Release Date: 2014-07-06

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 Fiore dei Liberi, one of the greatest trainers of knights in the Middle Ages. In this book Guy covers everything you need to get started, including principles of swordsmanship, training mindset, and choosing equipment; as well as a complete system of physical practice, from basic footwork all the way up through sword handling and pair drills to free fencing. Beginners will find this a complete and approachable guide to taking up the Art of Arms; experienced swordsmen will also find many tips and tricks for developing their skills.

Man of Wiles in Popular Arabic Literature A Study of a Medieval Arab Hero

Author: M. C. Lyons
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748645039
Release Date: 2012-01-18
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Man of Wiles - terrorist or saint? The Man of Wiles (otherwise known as the Master Thief, the Trickster or the Fool) appears in every hero cycle within classical Arabic literature - proof of this figure's popularity with the audiences of Arab story-tellers. He embodies views acceptable to an otherwise inarticulate part of the population, allowing Islam to be treated in a paradoxical and sometimes humorous light in contrast to conventional piety. And he shares with Odysseus not only his wiles but his function as 'the sacker of cities', redressing the idea that classical Arabic literature is unrelated to anything outside its own borders. The study of this popular form sets out in detail the recorded lives of these Men of Wiles for those to whom the original texts are not available.

The Tactical Knife

Author: James Morgan Ayres
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781629141169
Release Date: 2014-07-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Tactical knives are the fast-growing field of American bladesmithing. Now, in one groundbreaking volume, tactical knife expert James Morgan Ayres shares more than four decades of real-world experience with purpose-designed knives. You’ll find it all in The Tactical Knife: fixed blades, folders, defensive uses, survival uses, product reviews—in short, everything you need to make an informed decision about your choice of a tactical knife. Newly updated with specifications and reviews for new products as well as new information on recent developments in the field, James Morgan Ayres provides the latest need-to-know info on the subject for first time owners (or potential owners) of tactical knives as well as experts who want the latest intel on new products. Features inside include: Origins of the Tactical Knife The Bowie knife Tactical Knives of the Mid-twentieth Century Steel, Heat Treating, Geometry, Design, Grinds, and Forging Choosing a Tactical Knife Basic Skills, Maintenance, and Tactics Complete with hundreds of detailed color photos, tips, tactics, and techniques, The Tactical Knife is the best book out there for all your tactical knife needs. When choosing a tactical knife, don’t guess—know! Keep yourself on the cutting edge—with The Tactical Knife! Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Medieval Costume Armour and Weapons

Author: Eduard Wagner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486320250
Release Date: 2014-05-05
Genre: Design

Over 400 illustrations in this superb pictorial archive trace the evolution of clothing styles, armor, and weapons during the medieval period in Central Europe. Unsurpassed in its comprehensiveness and variety, the volume draws upon a wealth of authentic primary sources, including written accounts, contemporary paintings and sculpture, and the remains of textiles and other relics. A profusion of apparel and weaponry are depicted, ranging from the simple tunics and robes of peasants, blacksmiths, gardeners, shoemakers, fishermen, and other common laborers to the fur-lined cloaks and brocaded garments of the aristocracy. Tools and utensils used by peasants as well as the battle equipment and armor of warriors are also pictured and described, with special emphasis on how these weapons were handled, carried, and used in combat. Accompanied by a scrupulously researched and well-documented text, these royalty-free illustrations not only offer general readers an intriguing and authentic insight into a past age but also provide artists, historians, students of weaponry, and theater and film professionals with a highly accurate source of reference material.

The Medieval Tournament

Author: R. Coltman Clephan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486148045
Release Date: 2013-09-03
Genre: History

DIVA superb history of English and European tournaments. Topics include Arthurian and other round tables, body armor, chain mail, plate armor, royal jousts, the tilt, trial by combat, much more. 24 illustrations. Bibliography. Index. /div

The Medieval Soldier in the Wars of the Roses

Author: Andrew W. Boardman
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
ISBN: UOM:39015040138276
Release Date: 1998
Genre: History

What did a Wars of the Roses battle look like and how was it fought once both sides resorted to all-out conflict? How did soldiers feel about killing fellow Englishmen? This study of the medieval soldier examines these and other questions using a variety of documentary sources. Eyewitness accounts of the men who fought as captains, archers, artillerymen, billmen, men-at-arms and cavalry - both in England and abroad - are used to paint a picture of 15th-century conflict in all its confusion and violence.