Nicolaes Petter, Klare Onderrichtinge der Voortreffelijcke Worstel-Konst, 1674

Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge

Prof. Sydney Anglo's book entitled The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe, p. 190 states Petter's book as "historically speaking, the most important treatise on unarmed combat ever printed... the finest of all wrestling books and deservedly the most famous". It was first published in 1674 and reprinted several times, including one complete plagiarism. The combination of Petter's lucid descriptions, devoid of all jargon, and de Hooge's masterful depiction of pain and violence in the engravings, elevates the book to its position of solitary eminence. It is also probably unique in presenting an effective and complete unarmed combat system in a format from which it would be actually possible to learn.

February 5, 2002 / Last modified: November 4, 2009

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