From Medieval Manuscript to Modern Practice: The Longsword Techniques of Fiore dei Liberi has gone to layout- we expect a publication date of April 15th. You can pre-order the book in glossy hardback here: you will also get the book in PDF and EPUB formats to keep you busy while you wait for your hardback to arrive.
In the late 14th century Fiore dei Liberi, an Italian knightly combat master, wrote a magnificent treatise on the Art of Arms. He called his book Il Fior di Battaglia, the Flower of Battle, and it is one of the greatest martial arts books of all time, describing how to fight on foot and on horseback, in armour and without, with sword, spear, pollax, dagger, or with no weapon at all. Guy Windsor has spent the last 20 years studying Fiore's art, creating a modern practice of historical swordsmanship. In this book, Guy takes you through all of Fiore's longsword techniques on foot out of armour. Each technique (or "play") is shown with the drawing from the treatise, Guy's transcription and translation of the text that goes with it, his commentary on how it fits into the system and works in practice, and a link to a video of the technique as Guy interprets it. The book contains a detailed introduction describing Fiore's life and times, and extensive discussion of the contexts in which Fiore's art belongs.
This is essential reading for any scholar of the Art of Arms, and will also provide fascinating insight to all martial artists and historians of the medieval and early Renaissance eras.
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