Mondschein The Knightly Art of Battle

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The Knightly Art of Battle

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This is an extravagantly illustrated and engrossing exploration of the art of medieval fighting. This volume offers an intriguing look into the world of late medieval martial arts, from wrestling to swordsmanship and to the subtle tricks that could be employed when jousting on horseback. Using exceptional pen drawings (with gold leaf highlights) the book features some of the most interesting abstracts from Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle), a manuscript by the renowned Italian fencing master Fiore dei Liberi depicting the knightly arts of fighting. The copy in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, created in the early 15th-century, is the finest and most complete manuscript to survive. Offering detailed visual documentation of Fiore's techniques coupled with the author's genius for explaining sophisticated methods of offense and defence, the manuscript provides a comprehensive record of the skills by which men lived and died in the Middle Ages.

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"This is a fascinating little book. . . . Ken Mondschein's selections demonstrate effectively how seriously training for combat was undertaken in the later middle ages."-- Medieval Review

"[This book] humanizes the experiences of medieval peoples, both scribes and warriors."--Comitatus

"The fighting manuals of the late Middle Ages are intriguing windows into the skills that knights and men-at-arms trained in preparation for battles, duels, and tournaments. But these books--highly illustrated and many written in verse--are also works of art and literature."--Military & Politics Podcast

"A serious study of the continuation of medieval weaponry and contest in the Renaissance. This is interesting in itself and may be of use to fight directors of productions of the plays of Shakespeare and others. Elizabethans enjoyed not only ceremonial jousts but martial arts matches such as the one that adds so much excitement to the end of Hamlet."--Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

"The book offers readers a glimpse at the finest example of all the surviving Fiore manuscripts, including the story of its author, the exquisite illustrations, and the brutally effective techniques taught within. All of this is complemented by Mondschein's insightful commentary."--De Re Militari

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Ken Mondschein is an adjunct professor at American International College, and a fencing instructor at the Higgins Armory Museum.

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