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In the Service of Mars Volume 2
Proceedings from the Western Martial Arts Workshop 1999-2009, Volume 2

Edited by Gregory D. Mele

In the Service of Mars Volume 2
Paperback, 275 pages £32.50
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9781937439088
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Military History

Martial Arts are literally "The Arts of Mars," the Roman god of war. For over two and a half millennia, the combat arts of Europe served the hoplite, gladiator, legionnaire, knight, duelist, boxer and wrestler on the battlefield, in duels, and in the ring. Interest in these traditions has grown dramatically over the last twenty years, bringing together a unique combination of fighters and scholars to preserve the heritage of fighting lore.

The Western Martial Arts Workshop (WMAW), founded in 1999, gave students of these martial arts the opportunity to meet, train, and exchange research. In the Service of Mars, Volume Two is both a compilation of the most popular and detailed lectures and class notes from WMAW's first decade, and a record of the growth of the Western martial arts community over the same time. From longsword to sword and buckler fencing; deadly knife-fighting to mounted combat, the martial traditions of England, Germany, Italy and Spain are all amply represented and combined with detailed, practical instruction.


Part One: Martial Arts of the Middle Ages, ca. 1300-1550

English Longsword: a Tactical Approach - Paul Wagner

The Spear-Play of Fiore dei Liberi - Gregory Mele

A Conceptual Look at the 24 Winden in Johannes Liechtenauer's Art - Jörg Bellinghausen

Fighting from the Nebenhut: Longsword Plays from the Ringeck Fechtbuch - Christian Henry Tobler

Mounted Combat: A Continuation of the System - Theresa Wendland

Part Two: Martial Arts of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, ca. 1500-1850

From the Page to the Practice: Fundamentals of Spanish Swordplay - Puck Curtis and Mary Dill Curtis

The Iberian Montante: Sources, Techniques, and Tactics - Steve Hick and Eric Myers

Understanding the Partisan: Forgotten Weapon of the Italian Renaissance - Tom Leoni

Bolognese Swordsmanship: An Introduction to Renaissance Sword and Buckler - Steven Reich

Keeping it Simple: Italian Rapier Tactics for Dummies - Tom Leoni

Part Three: Western Martial Arts in Their Historical Context

Frog DNA, Concentric Rings, and Old-Fashioned Necromancy: Reconstructing Historical European Swordsmanship - Gregory Mele

The Medieval Sword Blade: Form and Intended Function - Craig Johnson

Part Four: Pedagogy-Teaching and the Western Martial Artist

Flow Drills as a Teaching Tool for Medieval and Renaissance Dagger Training - Jörg Bellinghausen

Decision-Making for Instructors - Guy Windsor

Developing and Training with Solo Forms: An Overview - Guy Windsor

About the Contributors

Gregory D. Melehas been involved in the reconstruction of medieval European martial arts since the early 1990s is best known for co-founding the Chicago Swordplay Guild for the study of historical European swordsmanship and adjunct arts. Previous publications include contributions to SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship and he is a regular contributor to Western Martial Arts Illustrated.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 275 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
  HIS027000, HIS037010, HIS037020, SPO027000
 Freelance Academy Press


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