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About the Author
- File Size : 4793 KB
- Publication Date : October 7, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : School of European Swordsmanship; 2nd Edition (October 7, 2013)
- ASIN : B00FPK4YKM
- Print Length : 244 pages
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #706,764 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Other than the issue regarding the images, the book is exactly what I was anticipating in an instruction manual for the novice swordsman with terminology, a foundation in its history, exercises, advice, and detailed instruction.
A minor quibble, though: The pictures were way too small to be useful on my phone. Probably not a problem in the printed version or with a properly-sized screen, and maybe there's some way to enlarge the pictures that I haven't found.
Mr. Windsor has published a second edition of this book as well. Choose either one. You're in good hands.
Personally I have been in the martial arts for over 20 years and have been doing Western Martial Arts for about 8 and I really liked this book. It is always good to return to the basics and make sure they are solid.
I would recomend this book to anyone who is starting or thinking about getting into Historic Swordsmanship, also and well equiped sword library should have this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Not only is this book written so that a complete notice can pick up a sword and practice (with the proper equipment, of course) it also gives historical background and citations for its assertions. Another feature that I am most impressed by is that revisions made since the first edition have been left for all to see, with footnotes to explain where changes have been made. I have not seen this level of transparency and detail outside of a white paper.
Whether you are new to longsword or looking to sharpen your skills, I cannot recommend this book enough.
Almost immediately after the event, I picked up a copy of the author's "Duelist's Companion" (another first class manual for beginners), however waited what seemed like an eternity as the Swordsman's Companion. As it was "sold out" at the time.
Having come recently back in stock, and receiving the manual, I was not disappointed. As with his other work, I have found; both manuals to be very thorough and detailed. I find the recommended exorcises and incorporation of fitness extremely valuable. Most importantly though, I have enjoyed the objective based approach and candid writing styles. Compared to other training manuals I have read, I would say Mr. WIndsor's are the best available in the market. Or at the very least, appeals the most to my own personal beliefs and tastes.
I would strongly recommend this work for any one who does not only want best in class knowledge of working swordsmanship, however, people who also want to develop the physical ability to properly and effectively execute Mr. Windsor's interpretations. In the past, I have paid drastically more for less valuable information. I have also paid drastically less, for less valuable information. For the price of this manual, I consider it a must have for any swordsman.