on 3 April 2013
This book is essentially in two parts: the first is primarily a translation of Alfieri's 17th century treatise on the Two Handed Sword, the second is an introduction to use of the two handed sword using modern terminology and intended for the modern student of Historical European Martial Arts. While the Alfieri translation may be of interest for reference purposes the much longer second section is, to me, the far more valuable element. After a comprehensive introduction to footwork, guards and parries Mondschein moves on through Basic Drills and Intermediate Techniques to Advanced Tactics. This book left me with a clearer understanding of how the two handed sword should be used in practice than anything else I have read. For the modern student new to the longsword or two handed sword this is arguably the best instruction manual currently available. The only comparable book is Guy Windsor's "Swordsman's Companion". Both are excellent.