Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33, also known as the Tower Fechtbuch or the Walpurgis Manuscript, is the oldest-known manual of swordsmanship in the western canon. Dated to the early fourteenth century, it is a stunning work of late medieval art and the Armouries' most treasured manuscript, one so famous it has become known simply by its shelf number: I.33.
This new edition includes a critical introduction, transcription and translation by Jeffrey L. Forgeng, the foremost authority on I.33.
Jeffrey Forgeng serves as Curator of Arms & Armor and Medieval Art at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts and as adjunct professor of Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of multiple books on medieval and Renaissance history, and is one of just a handful of scholars with specialist knowledge of the martial arts techniques of the period. His work on the I.33 manuscript is internationally renowned.