Now for most of you following this site, Hans Talhoffer should be someone one you know. Perhaps my favourite author of this period, Talhoffer has blessed us with some of the best imagery and manuals on medieval swordmanship.
And it must be said, some of the wackiest too! Have you seen those duelling shields? and duelling onesies!
Anyways, this book in right in our wheelhouse and is a must read and resource for anyone practicing the german Leichtenauer tradition.
The first thing I love about this book, is it’s size.
It is clearly meant to be used as a training resource.
The second thing I love about this book, is they take one image per page and give a “simple” interpretation of what is going on. Not overly flowery but basic follow along guidance. It is a great book to open you up to the world of Talhoffer.
I love this book and every one in our school needs to own it. We use Talhoffer for Messer and will introduce Talhoffer dagger into practice too.
The book itself is almost a complete curriculum including wrestling, unarmoured fighting with the long sword, pole-axe, dagger, sword and buckler, and mounted combat.
You can buy the book here from Pen and Sword books.
Please note I was not paid to write this review but was sent a review copy of the book. All comments are my own, and the publishers have not amended the review in any way.