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Fighting with the German Longsword Paperback – Illustrated, November 15, 2015
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- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Paperback : 331 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1937439232
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937439231
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
- Publisher : Freelance Academy Press; Illustrated Edition (November 15, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #326,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is lots of overlap with Shcmidt's book, but this one well designed drills that will get the moves committed to muscle memory. While I recommend both books for anyone interested in learning HEMA, I would probably rank Tobler's book about half a star higher because of the drills.
Tobler's interpretations and presentations require one reading to gain knowledge. Get this book.
If you can find a group, terrific! If you can't, the book is clear enough to work with on solo practice. It's pretty detailed, so don't expect to understand it all the first go-through, but it's worth reading a time or two.
Tobler, has constructed a fine tool to teach his students and a great aid to us.
The book is well laid out, with charts and corresponding photographs, it is however not a stand alone product.
I am quite sure one would think it goes with "Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship", and that would be correct. I would suggest however that it is used as a Companion to David Lindholm's "Sigmund Ringeck's Knightly Art of the Longsword", and Tobler's "Secrets" can be used as the source.
With these books most of the practicing WMA community's bookshelves are looking more Respectable, or at least one can tear them both apart and construct one's own drills and focused study.
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What's extra or new in this version: some couching on basics like footwork and posture, but at a relatively basic level, and some guidance on kit and training. There are a rather useful set of flowcharts from different techniques, but I had already made my own while reading Ringeck!
What's not in here: a source.
That makes it hard to read his interpretations with a critical eye. That might just be important - in Secrets, for example, I have noticed places where Mr Tobler substituted left leg for right leg, with his own commentary next to the translation. That makes rather an impact on the technique! While Mr Tobler's interpretations have evolved since Secrets, they have also almost certainly evolved since this book as well. It's worth noting that unlike Secrets, there does not seem to be any errata or revisions available for this book. Mr Tobler is honest enough to admit that he's often wrong (like anyone else doing HEMA for more than a year should, he junks what he thought he knew and replaces it with what he know thinks he knows) but as important as presenting an interpretation is, I feel having a source to work from is essential.
Mr Tobler's translation work elsewhere has been top notch, and I worry I have been harsh in marking this book down for not being such. However, the lack of a primary source is a severe limit on it's use to me.
Those concerned with ethical issues (or even (shudder) "chivalric* ones) should go and search out the recent issues between publisher and author involved, and consider the source of their purchase.
Why the one star review? - it is unavailable. Multiple sellers (including Amazon) still advertise this book but it is unavailable. From what I can find out from the internet - the author (rightly) fell out with the publisher (toe-rag) and the publisher is no longer printing this book due to ongoing 'discussions' with the author. So, why advertise the book when there are none in stock, and nor are there ever likely to be. Waterstones faced this same problem and they couldn't source it either.
This order was my 4th attempt to get the book!