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The Power Within - The Way of the Warrior and the Martial Arts in the European Tradition, by Nigel Pennick

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The Power Within - The Way of the Warrior and the Martial Arts in the European Tradition, by Nigel Pennick
This book is an introduction to the basic principles that underly the perception of the human body in the European tradition, with regard to the fighting traditions of the Pagan north. It is from this tradition, that the true understanding of the nature of the human can be gained. This tradition has been recognised and honoured throughout history, by Pagan, Muslim, Christian and Atheist alike. It has served people well, in spirituality and medicine, as well as the fighting arts that are one of the distinguishing characteristics of the human being. The book features certain less prominent, yet significant, themes from European history which include both texts and artefacts, chronicles, history, legendary history, myth, prophetic and symbolic writings, propaganda and ancient fiction. Even when the raw facts or data may be recorded more or less accurately, the meanings, functions and contemporary interpretations are not preserved with the artefacts. Historical records are drawn on to give an understanding of the mentality, world-view, traditions and customs of their times. From the late Middle Ages, texts exist that teach both theory and practice of various kinds of European martial arts. They encompass both the spiritual and practical aspects, for, in truth, these must be interwoven if true principles are to be practised. This book is not a manual of the martial arts, for as in all crafts, one can only learn by doing. The bibliography provides ample texts from the English tradition of the last 400 years, manuals of fencing, stick-fighting, boxing and wrestling. ISBN 186163 1537
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