Why no books on messer or pole axe?

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Michael Kelly
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Why no books on messer or pole axe?

Postby Michael Kelly » Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:29 am

We've seen some really quality books for modern audiences produced by Guy Windsor and Christian Henry Tobler on the longsword, why has no one done the same for the messer, pole axe, sword and buckler or anything else? I'd certainly argue that Mr. Tobler's book on the German Longsword is more accessible than any of the reprinted treatises. I get that these other weapons don't have the sexiness or popularity of the longsword but I can't be the only one who thinks there's an untapped audience waiting.

D. Posch
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Re: Why no books on messer or pole axe?

Postby D. Posch » Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:19 am

Poleaxe is simply not as popular as other weapon types like longsword or sabers. That being said, it would come as a surprise if there were truly no books of the like published. The HEMA community is rather large and HEMA has been around for quite some time, but given the issues of popularity, I would imagine such texts would be difficult to come by if they do exist.

Messer, on the other hand, seems to be quite popular and, as such, I would think that books on it would be widely available.
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Sean Karp
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Re: Why no books on messer or pole axe?

Postby Sean Karp » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:54 pm

Have you checked Freelance Academy Press?
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Re: Why no books on messer or pole axe?

Postby Scott M. » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:52 am

Michael Kelly wrote:We've seen some really quality books for modern audiences produced by Guy Windsor and Christian Henry Tobler on the longsword, why has no one done the same for the messer, pole axe, sword and buckler or anything else? I'd certainly argue that Mr. Tobler's book on the German Longsword is more accessible than any of the reprinted treatises. I get that these other weapons don't have the sexiness or popularity of the longsword but I can't be the only one who thinks there's an untapped audience waiting.


Have you checked out the following:
The Polearms of Paulus Hector Mair - https://www.amazon.com/Polearms-Paulus- ... ir+polearm
There's a section (Book 5) on Polearms in Meyer's 1570 manuscript - https://www.amazon.com/Art-Combat-Germa ... +of+combat

For Messer, the Art of Swordsmanship focuses heavily on it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/17832 ... DCHX4Y0QS2
The Dussack techniques from Meyer (1560, 1568 and 1570 manuscripts) would also cover use with a Messer.

For Sword and Buckler, the Fencing in the Style of the Walpurgis Manuscript is also available: https://www.amazon.com/I33-Fencing-Styl ... =walpurgis

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Re: Why no books on messer or pole axe?

Postby D Phillip D » Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:07 pm

Fiore dei Liberi also covers the use of pollaxe in his combat system.


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