Medieval and Renaisance Knife Fighting 1400-1600, by Mike Ray,
subtitled 'A manual based on contemporary sources'
Booklet published by Stuart Press, 44 pages. A5 size booklet (N6630)
Many actors and re-enactors often resort to Oriental martial art techniques in constructing their combat scenes, unaware of the European tradition on which they could draw. Here is presented an example of that tradition in the use of a knife or dagger. Basing training and combat routines on this work will make combat displays more authentic, especially for the period 1400 - 1600. It also has to be said that, considerations of historical authenticity aside, these techniques have lost none of their effectiveness as combat training over the intervening centuries. This work is based on the 'Opera Nova' of Achille Marozzo and is translated from the 16th century Italian. It is supplemented with other works of the period and explanations that make it more accessible to a modern audience as a practical manual of basic dagger defence and an introduction to grappling techniques. From the introduction:
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.