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The Medieval Dagger

By Guy Windsor

The Medieval Dagger
Paperback, 178 pages £20.00
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9781937439033
Format: 229mm x 152mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Medieval Studies, Military History

The term 'medieval martial arts' conjures images of armoured 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, centred on fighting with - and against - the dagger, a deadly weapon of both self-defense and last resort.

In Mastering the Art of Arms, Volume One: The Medieval Dagger, Guy Windsor presents a complete guide to the principles and practice of Italian dagger combat, as set down in Il Fior di Battaglia a manuscript written in 1410. Readers 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 pressure testing their skills with sparring.

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. Those who study other traditional knife arts, and modern military combatives, will find many familiar techniques present in this ancient system.

Introduction to the Mastering the Art of Arms Series

Introduction to Volume 1 The Medieval Dagger

Chapter One: Fundamental Principle

Chapter Two: Foundations from Fiore

Chapter Three: Mechanics and Movement

Chapter Four: Falling Free

Chapter Five: Is This a Dagger which I See Before Me?

Chapter Six: Grips, Strikes and Breaks

Chapter Seven: Remedy Masters: Control the Weapon

Chapter Eight: The System in Brief

Chapter Nine: Counter-Remedies

Chapter Ten: Dealing with the Backhand

Chapter Eleven: When in Doubt, Use Both Hands!

Chapter Twelve: The Low Blow

Chapter Thirteen: Defense Against the Grab-and-Stab

Chapter Fourteen: A Knife for a Knife: Defense with the Dagger

Chapter Fifteen: A Dagger Disarm Flowdrill

Chapter Sixteen: Armoured Combat

Chapter Seventeen: Expanding Your Skills

Chapter Eighteen: One System, Many Weapons

Chapter Nineteen: Sword vs Dagger




Guy Windsor is a world-renowned instructor and a pioneering researcher into medieval and renaissance martial arts. He has been teaching the Art of Arms full-time since founding The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki, Finland, in 2001. His first book, The Swordsman's Companion, became an instant classic when it was published in 2004.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 178 pages
 229mm x 152mm

BIC Code:
  HIS027000, HIS037010
 Freelance Academy Press


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