The Knightly Art of the Longsword. Front Cover · Hugh Knight. Title, The Knightly Art of the Longsword. Author, Hugh Knight. Publisher, Ringeck’s invaluable 15th-century compilation of the lessons of German fencing master Johannes Liechtenauer is given new life by two modern students of the. : Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword ( ) by David Lindholm; Peter Svard and a great selection of similar New, Used.

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Not for any significant discoveries of his own, but as a transmitter and interpreter arh the tradition of the grand old master Liechtenauer’s teachings. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It may be to your advantage to lure the opponent to attack and then counter –though by this you still have the initiative.

In his longsword teachings Ringeck also included a lot of material on wrestling attacks. The cut is usually done from the Zufechten prior to binding the swords and at a greater distancethe slice from the bind, and the thrust from the Winden or Hengen hanging maneuvers.

RJ rated it really liked it Oct 19, Jake rated it it was ok Dec 13, Genghiskeith rated it really liked it Sep 12, Books by David Lindholm. Stian Slethei rated it really liked it Jun 15, All rights are reserved. Hardcoverpages.

It’s fairly “newbie friendly”. Max rated it really liked it Nov 14, Cutting-edge research has moved on somewhat, but nevertheless this volume remains a solid reference. This is especially true in late 15th and early 16th century fencing manuals.


Starting to show its age, but only barely I started studying Renaissance martial arts just before this book came out. It contains no illustrations and is a handwritten document originally inscribed on loose sheets of paper. The foundation of Ringeck’s system consists of the four primary guards, the five Meisterhaw master strikesMutieren to changeDuplieren to double and Winden to turn.


The handwriting is typical of the early years of the 15th century. Ben Strickling rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Andy Walker rated it really liked it Jan 21, Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword By David Lindholm In the first half of the 15th century Sigmund Ringeck compiled a book with comments on the fencing teachings from Johannes Liechtenauer’s verses from c.

This was the time when these weapons were still used in earnest for real. It was an integrated system of fighting, and Ringeck’s lucid teachings in everything from the basics to the finesse is essential in order for us to be able to gradually understand how they thought and what they taught. It is based on efficiency and simplicity. Lyle Kaser rated it it was amazing Jul 03, Refresh and try again. The art was not yet ‘sportified’ and the martial difference between Masters such as Ringeck and Meyer is distinct in spite of all their likeness.

Brandon Schraeder rated it liked it Jul 19, What comes through as the central idea of strategy in Ringeck is that it is a bad idea to wait for the opponent to act. The original text is presented with extensive interpretations and detailed, instructive drawings to capture the medieval swordsman’s art.

Apr 05, Chris Hayhurst rated it it was amazing. In that sense, the manual of Ringeck is a key or a blueprint by which we can interpret later material, which often included illustrations but little straight forward advice on basics and technique. And central is that you try to change the angle of attack and avoid the straight line as much as possible. Aaron Jones rated it really liked it May 15, However this does not mean that you must always move first, an important distinction.

Later, the author of the Codex Wallerstein and the Fechtmeister Peter von Danzig each wrote down, transmitted, and preserved older teachings alongside their own unique additions to the art. Examples of these are the AbzetsenSprechfensterand Schrankhut to name but a few.

Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword

od Sigmund Ringeck turned out to be such a person. Cutting-edge research ha Pros: While many of the Medieval fighting manuals primarily show counter-techniques and tricks of every kind, Ringeck’s greatness is that he starts with the basics and then step-by-step teaches the student the secrets of the longsword.


To be fair, the drawings and descriptions are fairly straight forward–some of the directional arrows are confusing, but I think a lot of that would come out in practicing the maneuvers with another person. All rights are reserved to that material as well.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Granted, this book is a more or less direct translation of the original 15th century text, which had none of these things, but for my situation — practicing alone, the teachings of this book aren’t really all that useful since I don’t have a partner to practice with.

The art of fencing is also divided into the “three wonders”: There is almost certainly a degree of continuity in the system of fencing from Liechtenauer, who lived in the mid 14th century, up to early 17th century masters.

Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword

The initiative is regained by aggressively striking the opponent’s weapon before a second attack is then knibhtly at the opponent’s body. To ask other readers questions about Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longswordplease sign up. A very good translation of Ringeck’s manual on longsword.

And herein lies Ringeck’s claim to value to posterity: His long sword teachings would constitute the German long sword school up to the 17th century. Woven into this is a lot more; it included wrestling, daggers, polearms, and mounted techniques. Apart from this there are several additional key concepts that are not part of the core teachings, but nevertheless of great importance.