The Rapier

The resources in this section present definitions of what a “rapier” is and provide information on the classification of historic rapiers. The rapier: facts, factoids and unanswered questions – by Maestro Tom LeoniA definition of the rapier, a description of its parts, and a discussion about the various myths surrounding the rapier and its use. … [Read more…]

Recreating Period Techniques

The resources in this section talk about how to learn about and accurately recreate period techniques using period manuals and other sources of information. Rules for the Study & Education of Historical Combat Techniques within the SCA The Importance of Studying Fechtibucher – by Bartholomew WalczakThe history, practice, and value of using period fighting manuals. … [Read more…]

The Masters & Their Manuals

The resources in this section provide an outline of important period fencing masters and discuss their fencing manuals. Masters of the 16th and Early 17thBrief descriptions of the masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. Renaissance Martial Arts Literature – by J. ClementsDiscusses some of the major fighting treaties published during the middle ages. Setting … [Read more…]

Defining Historical Martial Arts

The resources in this section seek to define “historical martial arts,” provide background information on the history of martial arts in Medieval Europe and discuss the study of these arts in the present day. Western Swordsmanship Today: Defining Historical FencingDefines historical fencing and discusses the difference between Historical Fencing and other types of fencing (classical, sport, … [Read more…]