Monday, September 8, 2008

The Ambraser Codex by Master Hans Talhoffer

I am very pleased to announce the publication of a new fight book translation by Hugh Knight entitled: The Ambraser Codex by Master Hans Talhoffer, published through

Master Hans Talhoffer was one of the most prolific fight book authors of the middle ages and one of the best known today with at least six editions of his books known to still exist. Hugh Knight has translated his so-called Ambraser Codex from c. 1449, a book detailing the step-by-step process of the formal judicial duel with spear, sword and dagger as fought by armored knights in the fifteenth century along with a wealth of additional dagger, grappling, spear and mounted techniques. More than just a word-for-word translation, Knight has used various other fight books of the period to help interpret the techniques Talhoffer has given us, even including pictures of modern demonstrators in some cases.

This fascinating insight into fifteenth-century knightly combat belongs on the shelves of anyone with an interest in medieval history or martial arts. The book can be purchased in either perfect-bound soft cover or in case-wrap hardcover directly from the publisher here.


Bill said...

It is always good to read through different points of view. I am not familiar with these works and would like to read them. Before I begin in would like to ask a few questions so that I can give proper credit to what I read.

Have you studied old German and are your able to translate the original texts?

I suspect the answer is yes, but if not... who did the translations?

Thank You.

Hugh Knight said...


As the cover clearly says, *I* did the translation.