The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe
By (author) Sydney Anglo
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Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe by Sydney Anglo
Book DescriptionBalletic homicide on the duelling field; stabbing and wrestling in tavern brawls; deceits and brutalities in street affrays; mounted encounters by armoured knights locked in desperate hand-to-hand combat - these were the martial arts of Renaissance Europe. In this book Sydney Anglo, a leading historian of the Renaissance and its symbolism, provides the first complete study of the martial arts from the late fifteenth to the late seventeenth centuries. The twentieth century has been captivated by oriental martial arts and their roots within Eastern societies. Yet the West too, as Anglo shows, developed its own styles of ritualised combat, similarly linked to contemporary social and scientific concerns. During the Renaissance physical exercise was regarded as central to the education of knights and gentlemen. Soldiers wielded a variety of weapons on the battlefield, and it was normal for civilians to carry swords and know how to use them. In schools across the continent, professional masters-of-arms were the artists who taught the lethal skills necessary to survive in a society where violence was endemic and life cheap. These ancient masters-of-arms, anxious to advertise their skills and record them for posterity, have left a wealth of evidence to reconstruct and illustrate their arts - much of it used here for the first time: detailed scholarly treatises, sketches by jobbing artists or magnificent images by D|rer and Cranach, descriptions of real combat, and an abundance of weapons and armour. With copious and precise illustration, Anglo explains the significance of martial arts in Renaissance education and everyday life. His book provides the fullest illustrated account of the social implications of one-to-one combat training.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300083521
(265mm x 198mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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Machiavelli - The First Century, Hardback (June 2005)
Between 1513 and 1525 Machiavelli wrote a series of works dealing with political, military, and historical matters which continued to be reissued regularly, well into the early seventeenth century. Based upon primary sources, this book, from an expert in the field of Renaissance studies, offers an interpretation of the impact of Machiavelli.
Spectacle, Pageantry and Early Tudor Policy, Hardback (January 1997)» View all books by Sydney Anglo
The study of court festivals, spectacle, and civic pageantry in Renaissance Europe has developed into a major academic industry, so that the market for works on these themes extends beyond the boundaries of conventional scholarly disciplines. Discussing material published since 1969, this book includes a bibliographical and critical preface.
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Author Biography - Sydney Anglo
Sydney Anglo is research professor of history at the University of Wales. Among his publications are Spectacle, Pageantry and Early Tudor Policy (1969), Machiavelli: a Dissection (1969) and Images of Tudor Kingship (1992).
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