Books and Videos about Historical Swordfighting and Weapons Combat

Throughout my history and experiebnce in both the Society for Creative Anachronism and stage combat, I have heard folks ask, "Zorikh, where can I find books and videos about how people fought with swords and other weapons during the middle ages and renaissance?" For those folks, I have compiled this list of videos and books about hitorical combat.

My hope is that this list will be of help to people who want to learn historical sword fighting techniques for competition, sparring, fencing, and practice in the SCA, ARMA, LARP's and other medieval, renaissance, fantasy, and historically-based weapons fighting organizations and scenarios. I also hope that stage combat fighters, directors, and choreographers will find usefuleness in the techniques described in these books and videos.

I also have a page dedicated to stage combat books and videos. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for more links to more useful things for sword fighters.

This list is exclusively about Western martial arts weapons technique. A separate page about Eastern martial arts weapons technique is forthcoming.

The list on this page is strictly about historical sword fighting and combat techniques. There is another page about historical warfare.

This list is alphabetical by author:
The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts
by J. Christoph Amberger
The School of Fencing
by Domenico Angelo
The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: A Facsimile & Translation of Europe's Oldest Personal Combat Treatise, Royal Armouries MS I.33 (Royal Armouries Monograph)
by Jeffrey L. Forgeng
The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe
by Sydney Anglo
The English Master of Arms from the Twelfth to the Twentieth Century
by JD Aylward
The Duel: A History of Duelling
by Robert Baldick
English Martial Arts
by Terry Brown
The Book of the Sword
by Richard F. Burton
Italian Rapier Combat
by Ridolfo Capo Ferro, Jared Kirby (Translator), Ramon Martinez (Translator), Jeannette Acosta-Martinez
Schools and Masters of Fencing : From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century
by Egerton Castle
Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods and Techniques
by John Clements
Renaissance Swordsmanship : The Illustrated Book Of Rapiers And Cut And Thrust Swords And Their Use
by John Clements
Italian Medieval Swordsmanship: Fiore de Liberi's Flos Duellatorum, Volume 1--fascimile & translation
by Fiore De Liberi, Bob Charron
Highland Swordsmanship: Techniques of the Scottish Sword Masters
by Sir William Hope, et al
THE MODERN SWORDSMAN - Realistic Training for Serious Self-Defense
by Fred Hutchinson
Old Sword Play: Techniques of the Great Masters
by Alfred Hutton
The Swordsman: A Manual of Fence for the Foil, Sabre and Bayonet
by Alfred Hutton
The Sword Through the Centuries
by Alfred Hutton, intro by Paul Hilts
Three Elizabethan Fencing Manuals
Ragione Di Adoprar Sicuramente L'Arme ... Giacomo Di Grassi;
Vincentio Practice, Saviolo;
George Paradoxes of Defense, George Silver
edited by James L. Jackson
Shimmering Sword: Samurai, Western, and Star Wars Sword Fighting
by Nick Jamilla
Sigmund Ringeck's Knightly Art of the Longsword
by David Lindholm, Peter Svard
Spada: An Anthology of Swordsmanship in Memory of Ewart Oakeshott
by Ewart Oakeshott, et al
Sword Fighting Basics
by Michael Shire, Rob Valentine
Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-Century Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat
by Hans Talhoffer, Mark Rector, John Clements
Fighting with the German Longsword
by Christian Henry Tobler
Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's Commentaries on Liechtenauer
by Christian Henry Tobler, et al
Methods and Practice of Elizabethan Swordplay
by Craig Turner, Tony Soper
Arte Gladitoria Dimicandi: 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Fillipo Vadi
by Fillipo Vadi, Luca Porzio
Medieval Sword & Shield: The Combat System of Royal Armouries MS I.33
by Paul Wagner, Stephen Hand, Julian Kelsey
Highland Broadsword: Five Manuals of Scottish Regimental Swordsmanship
by Paul Wagner, Mark Rector
Arte of Defence: An Introduction to the Use of the Rapier
by William Wilson
The Swordman's Companion: A Manual for Training With the Medieval Longsword
by Guy Windsor
Codex Wallerstein : A Medieval Fighting Book from the Fifteenth Century on the Longsword, Falchion, Dagger, and Wrestling
by Grzegorz Zabinski, Bartlomiej Walczak

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