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 17th
Brief descriptions of the masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Renaissance Martial Arts Literatureby J. Clements
Discusses some of the major fighting treaties published during the middle ages.

Setting the Record Straight: The art of the sword in Medieval Europeby S. Mathew Galas
Focuses on the earlier period treatises composed before the 16th century, starting with the earliest known manual written about 1300