Using Historical Fencing Manuals for Reference (Part 3)

Medieval Longsword

The Medieval longsword, “langenschwert,” or “spada a due mani,” was a specialized form of the “knightly” cruciform sword that developed in the early 13th century. Although initially developed to combat reinforced mail armour, by the mid-15th century, the
longsword had also become a civilian, “dueling” weapon in the city streets of Europe. This style of swordplay became so popular that fencing matches are recorded in Germany as late as the mid-18th century, two hundred years after the weapon’s usefulness on the battlefield had died out.

The first link is an overview of the common stances for the longsword. http://www.thearma.org/essays/StancesIntro.htm

The second link is an explanation of what a longsword is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longsword

This next link is a video showing some of the basic movements of the longsword.http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu…deoid=30373441

This is another video, which has been filmed from a variety of angles. Its an excellent resource for showing movement. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x38…s-afte_extreme

This links to a very good video on Longsword techniques.
http://www.memag.net/ort.htm
I’ll put together a full book list later.

Just thought I’d add this one, which is a short video displaying some dagger moves. http://www.memag.net/dagger.htm

As the dagger is also an essential weapon for all historical and fantasy fighters.

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