Free Resources: The Wrestling Arts of Medieval Germany

We spare no cost to proselytize the combative arts of Europe to the larger web community.

But we’re also not above letting other people foot the bill. Like those 1%ers at Google, who’ve been scanning in old books like there’s no tomorrow. Today, we bring to you a title we’d have given our eye teeth for, had it been available as an antiquarian book just five years ago:

Dr. Karl Wassmannsdorff’s Die Ringkunst des deutschen Mittelalters

Baltiore, MD—If there’s ever an election for patron saint of the scientific discovery and elucidation of Historical European Martial Arts, I’d cast my ballot for the late Dr. Karl Wassmannsdorff, the combative and cantankerous  protagonist of German gymnastics and historical German martial arts.

His seminal work on medieval German wrestling, Die Ringkunst des deutschen Mittelalters, from 1870, is the first competent transcription of half a dozen up-until-then-lost wrestling manuscripts.  We present it here in its full Google Books glory, with pride but without prejudice! (Just click on the image below for the .pdf!)

Click here for Die Ringkunst des deutschen Mittelalters

One response to “Free Resources: The Wrestling Arts of Medieval Germany

  1. Bacchus Davis

    thanks for the excellent research and the sharing.

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