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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These again show useful techniques, but their real value is that they longswod Medieval concepts of moving and fighting with the body as the primary tool.

This was the time when these weapons were still used in earnest for real. Scott Free rated it it was amazing May 07, And if we place Sigmund Ringeck’s text next to Jacob Longswword, almost years later inwe find many of the same names and techniques, some with only small changes. It really helped me get acquainted with the style and substance of the German combat manuals.

Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art Of The Longsword – David Lindholm, Peter Svard – Google Books

Apart from this there are several additional key concepts that are not part of the core teachings, but nevertheless of great importance. No trivia or quizzes yet. The art of fencing is also divided into the “three wonders”: It is based on efficiency and simplicity.

As I progressed, I came to disagree with some of the interpretations, but that’s what they are: Tobler’s first book, the research here is slightly more up-to-date.



Andy Walker rated it really liked it Jan 21, While many of 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. Kubanorwood rated it liked it Jan 20, Genghiskeith rated it really liked it Sep 12, Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword By David Lindholm 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.

Woven into this is a lot more; it included wrestling, daggers, polearms, and mounted techniques. Ringeck’s here meaning the words of Ringeck but based on Liechtenauer longsword style is very simple and yet elegant in its approach.


Austen Beck rated it really liked it Jul 10, The original text is presented with extensive interpretations and detailed, instructive drawings to capture the medieval swordsman’s art. Matt rated it really liked it Dec 03, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read saving…. 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.

The initiative is regained by aggressively striking the opponent’s weapon before a second attack is then launched at the opponent’s body.

Apr 05, Chris Hayhurst rated it it was amazing. A very good translation of Ringeck’s manual on longsword. Max rated it really liked it Nov 14, 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 longswodd student of the art.


All rights are reserved. No use of the ARMA name and emblem, or website content, is permitted without authorization. What comes through as the central idea of strategy in Ringeck is that it is a bad idea to wait for the opponent to act.

But practice has shown that good footwork is essential for the techniques to work. These are the core and what carries his teachings.


In his longsword teachings Ringeck also included a lot of material on wrestling attacks. Egor Gorbachiov rated it it was amazing May 31, 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.

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.

It’s fairly “newbie friendly”. Cutting-edge research has moved on somewhat, but nevertheless this volume remains a knightlt reference. This is especially true in late 15th and early 16th century fencing manuals.