In Service of the Duke: The 15th century fighting treatise

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Tobler, Christian Henry.


This is the world’s first glimpse of the spectacular color and amazingly clear presentation of swordsmanship and martial tradition from 15th century Germany. Christian Henry Tobler, Chivalry Bookshelf and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, have combined their strengths to produce a limited facsimile translations of one of the most important treatises in the tradition of Master Johannes Liechtenauer.

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Hardcover: 248 pages
Language: English
Illustrations: Colour Facsimile.
ISBN-13: 9781891448256
Product Dimensions: 39.0 x 33.0 x 2.3 cm

Staff Review;

To state the obvious, this is a magnificent facsimile of a German 15thCentury fighting treatise (with translation). It’s visually and texturally stunning. For anyone with an interest in understanding the fighting techniques of this period, I’m assured it’s a must have. But – I’m definitely not a fighter and not qualified to discuss its finer points regards technique; others far better qualified will handle that later.

So why am I doing a review? – because this tome also contains a wealth of information on other aspects of medieval life. Everything from clothing to horse accessories, head wear, different ways hose and purpoints can be joined together, seam lines for the middle layers of clothes, men’s and ladies underwear… Wait, Ladies? Yes, the tome also contains a section on legal resolutions for common problems such as domestic disputes.

Seriously, this book has a wider audience than the original author could ever have imagined. Plain and simple, this is a beautiful book with a great deal of information for all aspects of 15th Century living history.

Staff member; L A Johnson.

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Weight 3.35 kg


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