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Medieval Fight Book (2010)

Documentary about an illustrated medieval book (Fechtbuch) on weapons and fighting, written in 1459 by Hans Talhoffer, kept in the Royal Library of Denmark.




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Credited cast:
Pia Bach ...
Herself - Medieval Centre, Denmark
Owen Bush ...
Himself - Swordsmith
Himself (narrator)
Jens Christiansen ...
Himself - Medieval Centre, Denmark
John Clements ...
Himself - Historical Fencing Consultant
Bettany Hughes ...
Herself - Historian
Himself - Historian
Mike Loades ...
Himself - Historical Weapons Expert
Aaron Pynenberg ...
Himself - Combatives Expert
Peter Vemming ...
Himself - Medieval Centre, Denmark


Hidden in a dusty library, locked in a secure vault, this obscure and strange manuscript has the power to unlock lost secrets from a medieval world. Contained within the beautifully illustrated 150 paper folios is unique imagery of bloody but highly sophisticated combat, strange futuristic designs and inventions, ingenious engineering and judicial duels. Hans Talhoffer's 1459 Fightbook (Fechtbuch) is one of medieval worlds' most mysterious manuscripts, challenging the legends and myths that surrounded this so often misunderstood period of our history. Written by Anonymous

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For historians only
26 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is an explanation of some of the things within Hans Talhoffer's fifteenth century combat manual. There are some interesting things within the book itself such as the way they had men combat against women and the first possible diving suit. Overall, this will be of primary interest only to people with a keen interest in fifteenth century fighting styles. The show itself is only forty five minutes long and can't go into a lot of detail but it still seems to drag a bit. It is obvious that the people who are discussing the techniques and inventions discussed within the book are very excited about them but that excitement didn't really transfer to me as the viewer. Overall, I gave it a five out of ten stars. For seeing what effect that period of weapons had, I enjoyed the show "Mail Call" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337552/ more.

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