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Siebenhaar's instructions in the art of fencing By Reinier van Noort
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In the mid-19th century, not long after the Belgian war of independence, an experiment was taking place in fencing in the Netherlands. The main proponent of this experiment was Christiaan Siebenhaar... More > (1824-1885), fencing master in the Dutch army. In his own words, the purpose of this experiment was to "introduce the Dutch language in the art of fencing" so that "soon nobody is found in the Netherlands anymore who teaches this art in a foreign language". However, the real purpose of this experiment appears to have been more ambitious than that: to create a Dutch School of Fencing - to be known as de Hollandsche Methode. This book presents English translations of Siebenhaar's two works about fencing and its instruction. The first is his main treatise, Manual for the instruction in the art of fencing. This is followed by his Leads and directions for the instructor in the art of fencing. Combined, they present an interesting view into the development of fencing in the Netherlands in the 19th century.< Less
Dall Agocchie "Cheat Sheet" By Reinier van Noort
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This is a "Cheat Sheet" of Giovanni Dall Agocchie's 1572 treatises on fencing "Dell'Arte Di Scrimia". This document provides a handy, clear and well-ordered overview of all... More > actions described in this work, based on the English translation by William Jherek Swanger.< Less
Scandinavian Smallsword By Reinier van Noort
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In the 18th century, Scandinavia was divided between the kingdoms of Sweden (which included most of modern Finland) and Denmark-Norway (which included Greenland, Iceland and parts of modern Germany).... More > Once the Treaty of Nystad ended the Great Northern War in 1721, it was a relatively stable and peaceful period for the two Nordic nations. Scandinavian Smallsword presents English translations of three fencing treatises published in Scandinavia in the 18th century. Von Wintzleben’s Fegte-kunst (Copenhagen, 1756) shows a style of fencing that has its foundation in the methods popular in Germany from the 17th century onwards. Vicard’s Fægte-kunsten (Copenhagen, 1765) demonstrates a decidedly French style of fencing. De Bada’s Fäcktare-konsten (Lund, 1733-1742), finally, describes a style of fencing that may have been based on the Spanish verdadera destreza. Together, these three books provide an interesting overview of the diversity of fencing instruction in 18th century Scandinavia.< Less
Fencing on the Thrust and Cut By Reinier van Noort
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Johann Georg Paschen (1628-1678) was a fencing master and prolific author in the 17th century, producing numerous treatises on for example fencing, fighting with the pike, and vaulting. Not much is... More > known about Erhardus Henning, who published a small treatise on Cut-fencing in Königsberg in 1658. This book contains both these treatises, translated into English by Reinier van Noort, founder of the School voor Historische Schermkunsten in the Netherlands. In addition, photographs of the plates of Paschen are included with the text.< Less
New Discourse on the Art of Fencing By Reinier van Noort
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Joachim Köppe’s Newer Discurs der Rittermeßigen und Weitberümbten Kunst des Fechtens, first published in Magdeburg in 1619 presents exactly what the title suggests – a... More > fresh discourse on fencing. Its author was not a fencing master, but a doctor attached to the University in Magdeburg, who had already written and published several works when he decided to write and publish a book about his great passion, fencing. His professional background is reflected in his Newer Discurs, making it not only an interesting, thoughtful text on fencing, but also a journey through the mind of a 17th century academic who is writing about his favourite subject. His Discourse is richly illustrated with many anecdotes, varying from his personal experiences meeting Salvator Fabris in Paris, to Athenians being strangled by the Minotaur in the Labyrinth.< Less
Johann Andreas Schmidt’s Life-saving and enemies-defying Art of Fencing By Reinier van Noort
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Johann Andreas Schmidt was a student of Johannes Georgius Bruchius in Amsterdam, and once acquired a position as court fencing master by repeatedly disarming two other fencing masters in the presence... More > of his future employer. Furthermore, as a bet he once ejected six strong peasants from a tavern using only a staff, and he could punch a dent into an oak table with his right fist. At least, if the Nürnbergische Gelehrten-Lexicon is to be believed. Whether or not these claims are true, Schmidt also wrote the Leib-beschirmende und Feinden Trotz-bietende Fecht-Kunst, which is one of the earliest German books on fencing with what can clearly be identified as a smallsword. In this book, Reinier van Noort presents a clear English translation of Schmidt’s complete treatise, including the sections on fencing, proceeding with resolution, vaulting and grappling. Also included are a discussion on Johann Andreas Schmidt, and his work in its context.< Less
Plates from Bruchius's Of the Single Rapier By Reinier van Noort
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This booklet contains only the plates from Johannes Georgius Bruchius's Scherm- ofte Wapen-konste (Leiden, 1671), to support users of my English translation "Of the Single Rapier". This... More > book does not contain text.< Less
Van Humbeek's Fencing with the Sabre By Reinier van Noort
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Leopold van Humbeek (1871-1942) was fencing master at the Royal Navy Academy in Amsterdam as well as at other military academies in the Netherlands, and at various civilian clubs. In 1912, he coached... More > the Dutch fencing team in sabre fencing at the Olympics in Stockholm, where the Dutch team took bronze in sabre and in épée. In 1905, Van Humbeek published his Handleiding voor het Sabelschermen, in which he gives a clear and useful description of sabre fencing, supported by 20 photographs that show the author demonstrating postures and techniques. Van Humbeek wrote that the style of fencing that he taught originated from Italy, and indeed his work fits well within the successful tradition started by the Italian maestro Radaelli, as, for example, described by Luigi Barbasetti a few years earlier. Central to this system are cuts that are made from the elbow rather than from the wrist.< Less
The Martial Arts of Johann George Pascha By Reinier van Noort
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The weapons used in historical fencing treatises can roughly be divided into three classes based on weapon length, and thus distance at which the enemy is engaged. Most commonly described is the use... More > of weapons with intermediate reach, such as various kinds of swords, but in addition there are works dealing with fighting with a shorter reach, such as with knives or daggers, or unarmed combat, and those that deal with a longer reach, with various pole-weapons. This book presents translations of Pascha's works on fencing (both thrust-fencing and cut-fencing), grappling, and the use of the hunting staff and the partisan. All these translations are based on the later, most complete versions of the texts, which also included clearer and more numerous figures. These works of Pascha taken together present one of the few 17th century sources describing all three ranges of fighting.< Less
Nicolaes Petter’s Clear instructions in the excellent Art of Grappling By Reinier van Noort
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Nicolaes Petter, from Mommenheim, was a wine seller in Amsterdam, who was known far and wide for his great skill in breaking glass roemers using only his voice. In addition to that, he was quite a... More > famous grappler, as well. To preserve the Worstel-konst, or art of grappling, that he invented, he decided to publish a book describing it. To illustrate this work, he commissioned the famous painter and engraver Romeyn de Hooge. While Petter unfortunately died in 1672, before he could see his treatise published, his student, Robert Cors, completed and published the work in 1674. In this book, Reinier van Noort presents his clear English translation of Petter’s Worstel-Konst, along with a biography of Nicolaes Petter and Robert Cors, and a brief discussion of the work. In addition, this book contains a complete set of Romeyn de Hooge’s beautiful illustrations, digitally enhanced, and in high resolution.< Less

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