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Fighting with the German Longsword

By Christian Henry Tobler

Fighting with the German Longsword
Paperback, 331 pages £37.50
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781937439231
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Medieval Studies, Military History

Recorded over six centuries ago, the teachings of the 14th-century Master-at-Arms Johannes Liechtenauer have been given new life by a world-wide community of modern swordsmen and women, fascinated by the elegance, efficiency and depth of his unique martial art.

Christian Henry Tobler was one of the pioneers in reviving the medieval Master's art, creating the first published guide on the use of the longsword in 2004. This fully rewritten, revised and expanded edition brings to bear a decade of refinement, creating a definitive guide for students. Beginning with a short historical overview of the art, the book describes stance, footwork, methods for gripping the sword, and the core techniques of the Liechtenauer tradition.

Additional chapters also look at wrestling, spear and armoured combat; demonstrating the art's depth and breadth.


About the Author

The Chivalric Fighting Arts Association

The Selohaar Fechtschule



1: Beginning Your Training

2: Line, Footwork, Measure, and Time

3: Vier Leger

4:Three Wounders

5: Four Openings

6: Initiative

7: Defending with Attacks

8: The Five Strokes

9: Zornhau

10: Breaking the Four Openings

11: Krumphau

12: Zwerchhau

13: Schielhau

14: Scheitelhau

15: Vier Versetzen

16: Nachreisen

17: Fühlen and Indes, an Interlude

18: Überlaufen

19: Absetzen

20: Durchwechseln and Zucken

21: Ringen

22: Durchlaufen

23: Sprechfenster

24: Zwei Hengen, Acht Winden

25: Nebenhut

26: Fence!

27: Armoured Foot Combat

28: Fencing with the Spear

29: Fencing with the Half-Sword

30: Conclusion

Table of Drills

Glossary & Bibliography

Christian Henry Toblerhas focused on the study of medieval Fechtbücher (fight books) since the late 1990s, and has published widely on swordsmanship.  He was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical European Martial Arts in 2013.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 331 pages
 254mm x 178mm

 Freelance Academy Press


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