After the publication of Jeffrey L. Forgeng’s highly successful translation of Joachim Meyer’s The Art of Combat, an earlier treatise by Meyer was discovered in Lund University Library, shedding new light on the teaching of this much-admired swordmaster.
The manuscript, produced in Strassburg around 1568, is illustrated with thirty-seven images, mostly in colour. The text covers com at with the longsword (hand-and-a-half sword), dusack (a one-handed practice weapon comparable to a sabre) and rapier. It offers considerable insight into Meyer’s thinking and teaching in many areas, including an extensive repertoire of training drills, a feature largely lacking in treatises of the period but critical to modern practitioners.
Forgeng’s translation also includes a biography of Meyer, much of which has only recently come to light, as well as technical terminology and other essential information for understanding and contextualizing the work.
Keith Farrell teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events (why not hire me to teach at your event?), and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. I teach regularly at Liverpool HEMA, and help behind the scenes with running HEMA in Glasgow at the Vanguard Centre.