Styles of Fencing: Spanish

The resources in this section present information related to the study of the Spanish style of rapier combat. Manuals [Book] Academy of the Sword: The Mystery of the Spanish Circle in Swordsmanship and Esoteric Arts – by Girard Thibault d’Anvers (author) and John Michael Greer(trans.)   Interpretation Spanish Influence in the Rapier Play of Vincentio Saviolo – … [Read more…]

Styles of Fencing: Italian

The resources in this section present information related to the study of the Italian style of rapier combat. Vocabulary A Brief Glossary of Italian Rapier Concepts – by Maestro Tom Leoni Period Fencing Terms – by William E. Wilson Manuals, Period Rapier Texts & Translations [Book] Italian Rapier Combat: Ridolfo Capo Ferro – by Jared … [Read more…]

Realistic Wounds

The resources in this section discuss and present evidence to show what effect a rapier wound might have on the body. Both modern medical information and historical accounts are included in these articles. The Dubious Quick Kill: Part 1 & Part 2 – by Maestro Frank LurzTwo-part article about swords wounds and their possible effects … [Read more…]

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…]