CROSS-POSTED REVIEW: The Medieval Review 16.10.34 Lecküchner, Art of Swordsmanship (Neuschel)

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Lecküchner, Hans. The Art of Swordsmanship. Trans. Jeffrey L. Forgeng. Armour and Weapons. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2015. Pp. xxviii, 453. $99.00. ISBN: 978-1-78327-028-6.


Reviewed by Kristen B. Neuschel

Duke University


This volume is no mere translation of this fifteenth-century Fechtbuch, or fighting manual, but rather a meticulous edition of the most complete original manuscript, with concordances with the other surviving original version. It is clear that Jeffrey Forgeng is not only a technical expert on the weapon illustrated in this manual, but also a scholar deeply versed in the manuscript tradition of which this volume is a part as well as in the accumulated historiography that treats it.


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