Top positive review
Great beginners guide
on 19 June 2017
This is my first book on the subject so I should say that I cannot compare this with other related works.
This is a good book, the reason I've given it 4 stars is because I think the title is slightly misleading; it should be called something like Medieval Swordsmanship; a beginners guide. Its not comprehensive. I would like one work that if you work at it long enough, could turn one into a competition level fighter.
This book is very good about telling us the state of hema and other sword related groups, equipment and training methods. I think this can help a beginner greatly and get him started with guards, parries, strikes and a few manoeuvres. Of course you will still need someone to spar and train with and an instructor would be more than helpful. No book can change that. The author is very confident in his beliefs of how its done and there is one particular area where he is probably wrong in his assertion. I actually don't think this is a big problem I just thought I'd mention it.
There are descriptions and illustrations but they are not comprehensive and can be hard to follow. To get the most out of this book you would have to study it very hard and of course the subject matter is a skill that will a lifetime to master. Unfortunately there is no shortcut but I think this book is a great start on that journey.