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The Knightly Art of Battle

Ken Mondschein


Getty Trust Publications

Medieval history;
Combat sports & self-defence


128 pages

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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.

By:   Ken Mondschein
Imprint:   Getty Trust Publications
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 161mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   414g
ISBN:   9781606060766
ISBN 10:   1606060767
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   September 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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

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

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