The Knightly Art of the Longsword. Front Cover · Hugh Knight. Title, The Knightly Art of the Longsword. Author, Hugh Knight. Publisher, Ringeck’s invaluable 15th-century compilation of the lessons of German fencing master Johannes Liechtenauer is given new life by two modern students of the. : Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword ( ) by David Lindholm; Peter Svard and a great selection of similar New, Used.

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Chris rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Essie Snell rated it really liked it May 29, This foundation becomes important when we look at later masters in the German tradition such as Joachim Meyer in the late 16th century.

Aaron Jones rated it tbe liked it May 15, Initiative is paramount and if it is lost it must be regained at all costs. The initiative is regained by aggressively striking the opponent’s weapon before a second attack is then launched at the opponent’s body. To be fair, the drawings and descriptions are fairly straight forward–some of the directional arrows are confusing, but I think a lot of that would come out in practicing the maneuvers with another person.

In the first half of the 15th century Sigmund Ringeck compiled a book with comments on the fencing teachings from Johannes Liechtenauer’s verses from c.

Cutting-edge research ha Pros: Refresh and try again. Granted, this book is a more or less direct translation of the original 15th century text, which had none of these things, but for my situation — practicing alone, the teachings of this book aren’t really all that useful since I don’t have a partner to practice with. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

There is much more that can be said about Sigmund Ringeck and his work, but this brief online article at least places him at the forefront of the German school for fencing for today’s knigthly of the art.

Ringeck’s invaluable 15th-century compilation of the lessons of German thw master Johannes Liechtenauer is given new life by two modern students of the sword. What comes through as the central idea of strategy in Ringeck is that it is a bad longswrd to wait for the opponent to act. Ramsey Eden rated it liked it Jun 16, A very good translation of Ringeck’s manual on longsword.


The handwriting is typical of the pongsword years of the 15th century. Apart from this there are several additional key concepts that are not part of the core teachings, but nevertheless of great importance. Want to Read saving…. It was an integrated system of fighting, and Ringeck’s lucid teachings in everything from the basics to the finesse is essential in order for us to be able to gradually understand how they thought and what they taught.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Trivia About Sigmund Ringeck’s Ringeck’s great contribution was that he wrote down comments or Glosa on the very obscure verses of Liechtenauer’s teachings, and it is because of these contemporary interpretations that we today can understand Lichtenauer’s teachings.

Sigmund Ringeck turned out to be such a person. Mar 20, Ben rated it really liked it Shelves: Ben Strickling rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The manual is of great importance due to its clear and precise instruction on long sword, wrestling, sword and buckler, armoured combat, and mounted combat. No use of the ARMA name and emblem, or website content, is permitted without authorization. In his longsword teachings Ringeck lonhsword included a lot of material on wrestling attacks.

On a par with Christian Henry Tobler’s Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanshipthis work has the added benefit of footwork diagrams, and the consequences of each attack shown in the illustrations, leaving no doubt that this was a lethally effective martial art.

While many lf the Medieval fighting manuals primarily show counter-techniques and tricks of every kind, Ringeck’s greatness is that he starts with the basics and then step-by-step teaches the student the secrets of the longsword. Books by David Lindholm.


In that sense, the manual of Ringeck is a key or a blueprint by which we can interpret later material, which often included illustrations but little straight forward advice on basics and technique. Cindy rated it it was amazing Apr 13, These again show useful techniques, but their real value is that they illustrate Medieval concepts od moving and fighting with the body as the primary tool.


But we must look back to the end of the 14th century and those who lived and fought therein in order to understand Medieval fighting skills.

Tobler’s first book, the research here is slightly more up-to-date. As I progressed, I came to disagree with some of the interpretations, but that’s what they are: These attacks can then be used as defenses as well by countering the opponent to out time him, or by changing the angle of attack with the Durchwechseln.

Ringeck’s here meaning the words of Ringeck but based on Liechtenauer longsword style is very simple and yet elegant in its approach. May 11, James Knowles rated it really liked it. But practice has shown that good footwork is essential for the techniques to work. Not for any significant discoveries of his own, but as a transmitter and interpreter of the tradition of the grand old master Liechtenauer’s teachings. All rights are reserved.

Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword by David Lindholm

Cutting-edge research has moved on somewhat, but nevertheless this volume remains a solid reference. And central is that you try to change the angle of attack and avoid the straight line as much as possible. Later, the author of the Codex Wallerstein and the Fechtmeister Peter von Danzig each wrote down, transmitted, and preserved older teachings alongside their own unique additions to the art. Return to Book Page.


Examples of these are the AbzetsenSprechfensterand Schrankhut to name but a few. Aug 16, Drew Lackovic rated it it was ok.

Scott Free rated it it was amazing May 07, Having been published after Mr. To see what your friends thought fhe this book, please sign up. Nathan rated it liked it Nov 08,