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New Book is out!

Postby Herbert » 28 Dec 2007 16:02

Hello Everybody!

I thought maybe a few of you will be quite unfriendly with me if you learn in vienna that I wrote a book on German Longsword and haven't told you. So, here it is:

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The books title is obviously "Schwertkampf" and it can be bought at any bookshop via Amazon ( http://www.amazon.de/Schwertkampf-lange ... 001&sr=8-1 ) or directly at the publisher (http://www.wieland-verlag.com)

Oh, yes....the book is in german.

So, if there are any comments on another bunch of wasted paper - have your go!

best wishes

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Re: New Book is out!

Postby Randall Pleasant » 28 Dec 2007 17:05

Herbert

Thanks for your contribution to the recreation of these arts. I look forward to the English version if one is planned.

I'm impressed by the use of plain dress. A major negative point for me with many recent books is the brightly dress elves demonstrating techinques.
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Postby admin » 28 Dec 2007 17:28

Congratulations Herbert! 8)
On a tangent, and purely out of interest - in the cover photo shown, do you have anything to say about the position of your sword in the winden? I thought you Liechtenauer people would have the guard a bit more pointing side-ways and the thumb underneath?
http://www.antique-swords.co.uk/

I like swords more than you.
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Postby Zarlan » 28 Dec 2007 17:54

Though I know german, I'm not good at understanding fencing instructions from books. (I'm going to make a thread, to ask about DVDs)

I agree with Randall, about the clothes.

Edit: Oh, and one more thing: Could you use a smaller picture here? It's way too big.
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Postby Andreas Engström » 28 Dec 2007 18:58

That's great, Herbert! Would you care to post a quick list of contents and a general description of the book?

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Postby Fab » 28 Dec 2007 19:37

Huzzah Herbert !
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Postby Claus Sørensen » 28 Dec 2007 21:04

Hello Herbert!

I've already got your new book, and I really like it.

Congratulations! It was a pleasure to read it! It is always interesting to see how other people interpretate the same stuff.

And it was especially nice to finally see a book writen in german on the subject! :)

Best wishes

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Postby Herbert » 28 Dec 2007 23:28

Sorry for the size - I forgot to check the "resize" button...silly me!

Thanks for the encouraging words and especially thanks to Claus for buying it!

Please don't judge the book by its cover...literally! The publisher choose the picture for the cover and he obviously made a bad choice.

Of course, my arms should be more streched, my guard more tilted, my grip different and my balance slightly shifted to the front. Apart from that.....

I am really thankful for helpful criticism.

Thanks again!

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Postby Randall Pleasant » 29 Dec 2007 03:46

Herbert wrote:Sorry for the size - I forgot to check the "resize" button...silly me!

Thanks for the encouraging words and especially thanks to Claus for buying it!

Please don't judge the book by its cover...literally! The publisher choose the picture for the cover and he obviously made a bad choice.

Of course, my arms should be more streched, my guard more tilted, my grip different and my balance slightly shifted to the front. Apart from that.....


I can't really see the details of the picture due to its small size but it looks very similar to how I would perform an Absetzen, making one smooth motion in which I receive the blow on the strong & flat of the blade while thrusting. Is that the technique being shown?
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Postby Randall Pleasant » 29 Dec 2007 03:46

double post....sorry.
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Postby Paul B » 29 Dec 2007 09:34

Herbert wrote:Sorry for the size - I forgot to check the "resize" button...silly me!

Thanks for the encouraging words and especially thanks to Claus for buying it!

Please don't judge the book by its cover...literally! The publisher choose the picture for the cover and he obviously made a bad choice.

Of course, my arms should be more streched, my guard more tilted, my grip different and my balance slightly shifted to the front. Apart from that.....

I am really thankful for helpful criticism.

Thanks again!

Herbert


Publishers choose cover art that will sell the book, period. I quite like this one, it shows off the swords, and is quite striking with the geometry and contrast between the figures, swords and background.
Unfortunately, my German sucks
.... or I could be completely wrong.

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Postby Herbert » 29 Dec 2007 10:33

Randall Pleasant wrote:[
I can't really see the details of the picture due to its small size but it looks very similar to how I would perform an Absetzen, making one smooth motion in which I receive the blow on the strong & flat of the blade while thrusting. Is that the technique being shown?


Now its too small....aaarggh! :wink:

Yes, the technique is an absetzen but as I said it leaves a lot to be desired. But at least I know how it should be performed.

Who knows? Maybe a publisher from England or the US shows interest in the book and we will have an english version? Anyone with contacts out there?

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Postby Harry » 29 Dec 2007 12:42

Zarlan wrote:Though I know german, I'm not good at understanding fencing instructions from books. (I'm going to make a thread, to ask about DVDs)

I agree with Randall, about the clothes.

Edit: Oh, and one more thing: Could you use a smaller picture here? It's way too big.


hi zarlan, if you are good in german you will have much fun with this book. it is written quite simple and you will find step by step instructions for everything. so it is quite compareable to a dvd
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Postby Harry » 29 Dec 2007 12:45

Andreas Engström wrote:That's great, Herbert! Would you care to post a quick list of contents and a general description of the book?

-Andreas Engström, GHFS


the content is most of all from ringeck (winden, duplieren, mutieren, überlaufen, durchlaufen, wrestling with the sword etc. etc. etc), but also safty advises and some tipps for the equipment. also there is a lot of information about swords.

you have a lot of pictures a easy and simple instructions and hints.
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Postby Matclarke » 29 Dec 2007 14:08

Nice one brotha!
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Postby Angantyr » 29 Dec 2007 14:13

Combining this with "learn yourself German" and a big cup of coffee seems like a posibility for a new project.

Anyways, congratulations on your book!
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Postby Herbert » 29 Dec 2007 14:40

Thanks for your comments and congrats.

Regarding the contents Harry pretty much has summed it up. It is mainly the system of Liechtenauer. The content includes:
- a chapter on the sword and on the whole timeframe etc.
- the basics regarding holding the weapon, footwork, guards etc.
- the 5 Meisterhäue (Zorn-, Schiel-, Scheitel-, Zwerch- and Krumphau)
- the whole range of techniques like but not exclusively Abschneiden, Zucken, Durchwechseln, Fehler, Verkehrer, etc...
- the Winden
- the wrestling at the sword (Ringen am Schwert)
- disarming techniques
- tipps and hints, strategies on the fencing itself
- the stages of a fight and how to use them
- the possibilities you have from different binds
- the hardware meaning the equipment
- a chapter on freefighting
- a chapter on test cutting
- a chapter about safety and such
- tipps for the training
- a list of groups, organisations, swordmakers and so on
- a glossary

That is mostly all. I may have left out some odds and ends but that is pretty much it. Lots of pictures of course - step by step explanations and so on.

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Postby Fab » 29 Dec 2007 17:29

Like I said, you so rule Herbert.

Permission to advertise for the book on our French forums ?
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Postby Paul B » 29 Dec 2007 17:40

Who knows? Maybe a publisher from England or the US shows interest in the book and we will have an english version? Anyone with contacts out there?

Herbert


If you PM Michael or Nick ("The Dude" and "Nikos" on the forum), they might be able to help with english publishing.
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Postby Herbert » 29 Dec 2007 19:24

Fab wrote:Permission to advertise for the book on our French forums ?


Of course you may advertise, in fact I would very much welcome it. After all De Taille et d'Estoc is also listed in the book - so why not?!

Paul B wrote:[
If you PM Michael or Nick ("The Dude" and "Nikos" on the forum), they might be able to help with english publishing.


Thanks for the hint - I will certainly do so!

Thank you for your kind words

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