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Hans Talhoffer was a German master of the longsword. He wrote a number of fechtbucher in the 15th century and taught fencing in the Liechtenauer style. His works also deal with fighting with daggers, polearms and grappling as well as various weapons used in judicial duels.

More recently Talhoffer's works regarding shields have been extrapolated to large shields of early periods (namely Viking/Saxon shields and ancient Greek shields) in an effort to develop a better understanding of possibly techniques of shield use with some success.

Modern Translations and Interpretations

  • Medieval Combat, Hans Talhoffer translated by Mark Rector.