The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe (Anglais) Relié – 1 août 2000
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L'histoire de l'escrime ancienne - de défense et de duel- est réécrite dans une perspective contemporaine avec force commentaires et une critique acérée.
Les techniques médiévales sont également à l'honneur dans cette ouvrage en plus des traités de la Renaissance et de l'époque moderne.
Ce livre ravira les pratiquants des arts martiaux occidentaux et les historiens de l'escrime et de la violence. "Croiser le fer " de Pascal BRIOIST, Hervé DREVILLON, Pierre SERNA le cite volontiers.
C'est un must-to-read dont le seul défaut est de ne pas avoir été traduit en Français.
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This relates to the book because the Europeans have always taken scientific approaches to Combat, and I only want to learn things that work, and for that matter, I was/am interested.
Though the Asian culture has a lot of Martial Arts that are useful and worthy for combat (such as Muay Thai, Judo/Jujutsu/Karate/ect) it also has a lot that aren't.
European Martial Arts though, are not flashy, or questionable in effectiveness, and are downright brutal but extremely calculated. The media has portrayed our ancestral warriors as dumb brutes, while the teenage Japanese anime cartoons have brainwashed everyone into thinking the Samurai was the best swordsman that ever lived.
Though we can't truly know for sure, the Knight was a big, strong, athletic warrior with a powerful armor and knowledge on all types of weapons, and most importantly, he carried a knowledge on hand to hand combat and how to use a dagger In a way that would make Krav Maga practitioners blush.
All that being said, this book does a perfect mix of explaining things from a Historical point of view, and also teaching the techniques it covers. It's spread into different chapters, and in my opinion, it almost reads like a basics guide to being a Knight. Historians, martial art buffs, or people who do re-enactment or actual sword fencing/fighting, this book is for you.
This book not only covers all the "big names" in HEMA, like Joachim Meyer, Ringneck, I.33, et al., but other lesser known works that span hundreds of years.
If you want to know about how they fought in the past, and how they taught fighting in the past, this book is a great addition to any HEMA library.
It is the best type of academic writing - it would be satisfactory to the author's fellow professors but is enjoyable to the layperson as well. The writing is also suffused with a subtle wit that is not out of place with the subject matter.
The book is comprised of ten chapters each dealing with a particular aspect of the subject. The book is meant to be read from cover to cover but each chapter can stand on its own as an essay quite well. The author makes some keen insights that only a true fan or practioner of the subject would be capable of making.
This broad survey of civilian weapons training from 1200-1600 in Europe goes a long way towards filling the gap in literature on this inexplicably forgotten aspect of Western history. Considering the enduring popularity of knights it is certainly strange that the particulars of their training has been lost in the mists of time, despite the survival of many books detailing such training. It is also a forgotten era in sequential art history, as many of the training manuals were illustrated in what would now be recognized as a comic book fashion.
Sydney Anglo plunges the reader into a hidden world of combat activity whose presentation has no equal by virtue of its sheer scope and erudite analysis. Lavish illustrations taken from some of the most popular and some of the rarest fighting manuals of renaissance Europe combine with carefully documented and annotated critical commentary to produce a work unparalleled in the field.
The thorough academic approach, combined with Anglo's intelligent and at times humorous personal style, is providing a backbone of respectability and credibility to a subject matter that frequently does its darndest to self-implode any claims to being taken seriously by overvaluing the emotionally affirmative needs of some modern practitioners.
Of course, this book is no How-to-Manual. It does not contain detailed analysis of individual techniqes. Nor does it quite answer the question in which specific combative scenarios the arts summarized under the modern Anglo-American pop culture handle "Martial Arts" were applied. (This particular aspect of mainly legal and extra-legal history might make for a book in itself.)
But that's not the point.
Short on brawn and long on brains, Anglo introduces us to the very core of these arts... the masters themselves... the way they thought... the methods they (and their graphic artists) employed to transmit complex ideas and sophisticated systems of ethics, philosophy, and physical skill to students, patrons, readers, and of course to us.
What makes this book relevant not only to the enthusiast of medieval and renaissane arts, but to the entire Western martial arts community: Anglo foregoes the pat shoe-boxing usually associated with focus on a partiular period. His work doesn't leave the reader stranded in an era that is hermetically sealed off from the modern period:
While rightfully emphasizing the differences between modern sport and ancient art, Anglo provides tantalizing glimpses of continuities... manifest in the literary traditions of individual systems that track the influence of a particular work -- through its reprints, translations and plagiarisms -- from the Renaissance far into the modern period.
One of the Great Books of combative history!
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