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The Knightly Art of the Longsword
by Hugh Knight

Johannes Liechtenauer, the father of German martial arts, created a system of combat that was second to none. Later authors wrote books detailing his art, some for ...

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I write for a living albeit not for a general readership (I was formerly an equity research analyst tasked with writing buy/sell investment reports for institutional investors and currently work as a commercial loan underwriter at a bank). I don't consider myself anything more than competent as a writer, but perhaps as a result of my profession I am somewhat of a connoisseur of good writing when it comes to instruction/teaching. In this regard, I consider Hugh Knight's The Knightly Art of the Longsword to be an absolutely outstanding work. Hugh matches wonderfully clear written descriptions with excellent photos, covers ALL aspects of learning the German longsword, delves into its history, and renders his opinions on various aspects of HEMA including test cutting and bouting. Whether or not one agrees with Hugh's opinions, I believe any HEMA practitioner who reads this book will find it totally engaging. I have been doing HEMA for five years now and have amassed a considerable library over that time. I must say that I consider The Knightly Art of the Longsword to be the most indispensable work on the art of the German longsword.
—Updated Aug 16, 2015

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