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Do you like swords? Do you want to know how to use them? Then this book is for you.
With a foreword by historical novelist Christian Cameron, in this book renowned swordsman and author Guy Windsor will take you through the principles and practice of medieval knightly combat with the longsword. The tactics and techniques come from Il Fior di Battaglia, written in 1410 by Fiore dei Liberi, one of the greatest trainers of knights in the Middle Ages.
In this book Guy covers everything you need to get started, including principles of swordsmanship, training mindset, and choosing equipment; as well as a complete system of physical practice, from basic footwork all the way up through sword handling and pair drills to free fencing.
Beginners will find this a complete and approachable guide to taking up the Art of Arms; experienced swordsmen will also find many tips and tricks for developing their skills.
You can find my books at all the usual online retailers. However, it really helps me if you buy direct through the Swordschool shop. You can also ask your local library or bookstore to order a copy for you.
It is very difficult to learn swordsmanship from a book that is 600 years old and written in Italian. In this book, I have drawn on 15 years of teaching the Art, and broken everything down and explained it so that you really can learn the Art of Swordsmanship. This book will teach you:
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Guy Windsor is not just one of the finest HEMA instructors publishing today, in my opinion he’s one of the best martial arts teachers full stop. There’s everything you need here to train yourself and a friend in the basics of medieval European swordsmanship. Guy takes an exceptionally thorough approach with guidance on proper training equipment, an explanation of the biomechanics involved in the art of the sword, before moving on to footwork, fundamental blows and some of the most lucid instruction in Fiore’s system you’re ever likely to find. The book wraps up with material on freeplay, the organisation of Fiore’s system for use with medieval memory methods, and an overview of warmups, mobility and stretching for classes. – B. W. Ford
The book is written in an extremely logical and clear order. I don’t in fact think I have ever seen a martial arts manual that would be as easy to follow. It gives you one piece at a time to chew and practice and does not try to explain everything at once. What’s even better, it puts you in contact with the original source from the very beginning. – Jaakko Tahkokallio
I found it particularly useful as an instructor, especially since Guy’s spent years refining both his interpretations of the sources and his teaching method. There’s a lot to learn about how to teach, how to structure a curriculum, and how to get students ready for freeplay, all cunningly disguised as straightforward, easily read and understood instructions. – Roland Cooper
This book (and Guy’s other books) really provides an accessible gateway to the Italian system of combat arts. Not only is it a great book for people new to the art, but also for experienced swordsmen. As someone who has taught Eastern martial for many years and currently teaches longsword and rapier, I still find new perspectives from which to consider the art of the sword, new drills, and new ways to teach. – James Wran
This book by Armizare instructor and writer Guy Windsor is a fantastic book for those new to the art or a seasoned veteran. It is laid out very well and is clear and concise. I run an Italian swordfighting club and use parts of this book in my own classes. Guy’s way of laying out the fundamentals and techniques of the plays of Fiore dei Liberi are easily understood and can easily be performed via partner drills. Buy this book and others by Guy. You will not be disappointed. – Tracy Mellow