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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (28 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581606885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581606881
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lindholm has an MA in medieval archaeology and history from the University of Lund and works as a writer and archaeologist. He has been training in European swordsmanship since 1986 and has some experience in Western fencing, iaido and kenjutsu. He is a member of ARMA (the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts) and directs the ARMA study group in Malmo Peter Svard is an art director and illustrator for a Swedish Internet consultancy firm. He has been active in various medieval/fantasy societies since the late 1980s, training with swords on and off for about 10 years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Payne on 11 Jun 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is simply the best book on longsword I have read. The teachings of Master Sigmund Ringeck are clearly laid out using clear drawings to help explain the different moves. The original German is included for the scholars, beside the English translation.
If you only buy one book, on how to use the longsword, I strongly suggest its this one.
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By Welther on 9 Feb 2014
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This is the place to start if you want a book about swordsmanship. It's not a history book or alot of random opinions of the author. But a book about the techniques of the longsword. And with good solid content
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By Martin on 3 July 2013
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Just what I was looking for!

I'm training HEMA Longsword in a little group here in Norway. This book gave us a great insight in guards/attacks/techniques. It's a perfect study-book for beginners!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Newton on 1 Mar 2013
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I bought this book hoping it would shed light on what the german longsword teachings were really all about. It did illuminate the subject a little - but only a little. Despite the explanations and the drawings I was, at the end, very little clearer about the teachings of Liechtenauer, Dobringer (or at least the manuscript bearing his name) or Ringeck's gloss. I found many of the explanations and illustrations in Lindholm's book to be just as obscure and unclear as Dobringer or Ringeck. It may be that this book will be more useful when I know more about longsword technique. Not a book I would recommend to anyone new to the study of longsword fighting.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent translation 16 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This work is absolutly essential for anyone interested in the medieval art of swordsmanship. The text includes in depth analysis that along with the illustrations make it easily accessible for anyone. An added bonus is that the authors have included the original german text,lacking in Toblers book Secrets of medieval german swordsmanship, which gives me the option to evaluate the interpretations. Both Ringecks comments and Lichtenauers verses are included in german and translated to english in a parralell text. The book is a perfect handbook for anyone interested in starting practice with the longsword,or for the advanced student who wants to go deeper into the meaning and sayings of the old masters. I highly recomend it.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource 21 Sep 2005
By Camilo Brokaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been studying historical longswordsmanship for more than 7 years now and I can only wish this book had been around the whole while. I began studying Ringeck several years back and have only recently felt as though I have really grasped the elegance of the Liechtenhauer style. This book is perfect for cementing your basic concepts and for clearing up most questions a practitioner might have and hasn't been able to answer through their own experimentation. Beginners should probably find a teacher or at least a competent study group/partner to really get what they can out of this book, however this is the best I've seen for one to start cold with. Also, I have read Tobler's book and though I really appreciate the work he did and is doing (and definitely refer to his book from time to time)... I personally see higher quality of interpretation in this work.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 17 Oct 2004
By Chris J. Van Slambrouck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have many books on longsword combat and the like, this is top notch.

Most books and manuscript reproductions are very expensive and one would do well to research the title and author before purchase.

The book is clearly presented, well researched and practical.

A grand tool, and in my opinion better than Tobler's work, but I still suggest his as well.

It is worth it's cost, and a valuable addition to a serious (medieval) martial artist's toolbox and library.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely awesome 28 Oct 2004
By R. LAU - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the best book I've seen on the subject of longsword. Currently it is my source book when I teach class

on longsword combat. While "Secret of German Medieval Swordsmanship" is a great book to have, I still prefer the

simplicity and explanation of this book.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An amibitious project 17 Aug 2003
By "dolcinio" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I started to study historical fencing manuals for three years ago and I'm very happy to see that more and more of these manuals are translated, transscripted and published. David Lindholm is the head of the historical fencing community in Malmö and his school of fencing is simple as well as brilliant. He teaches us that what works well according to the physics of Newton and the way our bodies work has to be the best way to perform the cuts, thrusts and all the various techniques. These teachings is now available in print. I do sincerly recommend this book to all who got a serious interest in the old, european way to fight, I think this is one of the best books written today on the topic.
Lindholm is very methodic in his writings, he first presents the original text in old-german, then the english translation and finally his own comments as well as drawings and instructions on footwork. This is the great strength of this work, with the original text as well as the translation side by side everyone is able to participate in the study of Ringeck's text and may find better translations or interpretations.
This book does not only contain the teaching of the longsword of Ringeck, Lindholm joins forces with the highly skilled swordsmith Peter Johnson (See Albion Armouries for more informations about Peter's work) to write a couple of articles about the swords used, about how to take good care of your blade as well as how to perform good test-cutting.
In all, this is a great tool for anyone that practise historical fencing.
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