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
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.