by Piermarco Terminiello
Review: Lessons on the Thrust: An English Translation of Jeann Daniel L’Ange’s “Deutliche und Gründliche Erklärung der Aderlichen und Ritterlichen Freyen Fecht-Kunst” – Translated by Reinier Van Noort
The 1664 rapier treatise of Jéann Daniel L’Ange had long intrigued me.
The plates depict an Italianate method of fencing, with a simple cross-hilted sword, and interesting plays including some rather brutal grappling.
But not reading German, looking at the plates was as far as I could get. Until the intrepid Reinier Van Noort, current holder of the Best Researcher title from HROARR HEMA Scholar awards, presented us with a full modern English translation.