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HEMA

HEMA is an acronym for Historical European Martial Arts. The term encompasses a varied range of European fighting arts from Harnessfecten (fighting in armour) to Glima (Viking wrestling).  The Knight Shop offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of HEMA equipment for sale in the UK. We are specialists in this market and have a dedicated web store www.thehemashop.com

We even manufacture our own line of HEMA equipment! Our range of Red Dragon Armoury Synthetic Sparring Swords, Fencing Masks, Weapon Sparring Gloves, Throat Protectors, Groin Guards and Kit Bags can be purchased from retailers all over the planet.

We are the UK’s leading retailer of SPES protective equipment and hold large stocks of their products. We stock a range of federschwert, bucklers, rapiers, sabres, padded practice swords, wooden and nylon wasters, daggers, books, DVDs - basically everything you will ever need to get you into HEMA!

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  • Scorners of Death: Fighting Skills of the Medieval Gaelic Warrior

    One of the first works to focus on the weapons and fighting skills of the medieval Gaelic warrior, Scorners of Death offers instruction in the use of the medieval Gaelic sword, sword and buckler, two-handed sword and battle-axe (including both the Lochaber axe and the sparth axe of Ireland), as well as a detailed discussion of the warriors who used these weapons and the strategic context in which they fought.

    Although there are no technical manuals for the use of these weapons, the authors have developed a training method based on the best historical evidence available. These techniques will be useful for reenactors portraying the Scottish highland or Irish warriors of the Middle Ages, especially in the time period between 1300 and 1600, as well as for any practitioners of Historical European Martial Arts (or HEMA) with an interest in Scottish or Irish history.

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    Excl. Tax: £20.83 Incl. Tax: £25.00

  • Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick

    This book is an introduction to the history, use and context of the Scottish basket-hilted broadsword. As part of the Academy of Historical Arts Study Guide series, it is intended to serve as a study guide for practitioners of historical fencing who work with this weapon, or who would like to begin learning its style. Instructors will also find it helpful as it provides plenty of contextual information to use for illustrating lessons, and anecdotes to help students engage with the system.

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  • The Expert Sword-Man's Companion, 1728

    This is a highly accurate reproduction of McBane’s original work from 1728, created by the historian Ben Kerr. It features reproductions of all the original image plates as well as a full and accurate transcription of McBane’s original text including his teaching on self-defence, an account of his life and adventures and the art of gunnerie.

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  • Swords, Science and Society

    Presented within this book is an investigation of the Company of Liechtenauer, tracing their connections and influences through archival records spanning more than a century. Scholarly Fencing is contrasted with what was referred to as ‘Common Fencing’. This book demonstrates the Aristotelian and Scholastic approach that defined the secret Art of Liechtenauer, and describes the science of sword-fighting in the 15th and 16th centuries. Learn More
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  • The Art of the Smallsword

    The smallsword developed from the rapier as a distinctly French weapon comprising a lighter, shorter and more agile blade than the rapier with a comparatively simple hilt. The smallsword did not require the elaborate lunges and large body actions of the Italian schools of fence and so a French method of fencing developed to suit; relying on an upright stance, dextrous use of the fingers to manipulate the point and emphasis given to multiple intent actions like the feint or parry-riposte to decrease the risk inherent in stop-thrusts, single-time defences and other actions which increased the chance of a double hit. This book provides access to the comprehensive original material in Girard’s smallsword manual, a solid yet diverse representation of the “Common” smallsword method of the era and its use in a range of settings and also provides insight and ideas as to how to put these words into practice with articles and essays for the interest of historical fencers, re-enactors and historians alike.

    Format: Paperback, 207 pages, 23.4 x 15.6cm, B&W
    Authors: P.J.F Girard, Kévin Côté, P Crawley

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  • Sword Mount Plaque - Oak

    Our Sword Mount Plaque is hand-crafted from oak and stained with a honey coloured finish. It features a scissor-style wall hanger (not pre-attached) that will vertically hang most of the Medieval or Viking style swords in our range. This mount will work with swords that have scabbards, as long as the scabbard is a tight enough fit not to slip off the blade.

    This mount will not work with large hilts found on basket hilt swords, rapiers, sabres and military swords. If unsure, please contact us for guidance.

    Sword not included. Colour of the wood may vary. 

    Width: 18cm
    Length: 19.7cm
    Thickness: 2.5cm
    Weight: 514g
    Material: Oak Wood

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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  • Richard Lion Heart Shield - Sword Mount

    Our Richard Lion Heart Shield - Sword Mount is the perfect way to display your sword in style. It can either be used to hang a sword vertically, for an eye-catching display, or can be hung without a sword, to add a little medieval splendour to your home. 

    It is crafted from wood and hand-painted with brass embellishments. It features hanging loops on the back and a device for clamping your sword securely in place.

    Height: 29cm
    Width: 22cm
    Depth: 3cm
    Weight: 320g

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £37.50 Incl. Tax: £45.00

  • Royal England Shield - Sword Mount

    Our Royal England Shield - Sword Mount is the perfect way to display your sword in style. It can either be used to hang a sword vertically, for an eye-catching display, or can be hung without a sword, to add a little medieval splendour to your home. 

    It is crafted from wood and hand-painted with brass embellishments. It features hanging loops on the back and a device for clamping your sword securely in place.

    Height: 29cm
    Width: 22cm
    Depth: 3cm
    Weight: 320g

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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  • Knights Templar Shield - Sword Mount

    Our Knights Templar Shield - Sword Mount is the perfect way to display your sword in style. It can either be used to hang a sword vertically, for an eye-catching display, or can be hung without a sword, to add a little medieval splendour to your home. 

    It is crafted from wood and hand-painted with brass embellishments. It features hanging loops on the back and a device for clamping your sword securely in place.

    Height: 29cm
    Width: 22cm
    Depth: 3cm
    Weight: 320g

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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  • Sword Display Plaque - Small

    Our Sword Display Plaques are the perfect way to display your replica or antique swords. They are hand made in Italy and are crafted from wood with a varnished finish. They feature a small brass plaque with the number “1632” embossed into it. This plaque is held in place by 2 small pins and can be easily removed if necessary. The mount at the hilt end of the sword, holds the blade 55mm away from the plaque, allowing for complex and basket hilt swords such as rapiers and sabres. The blade is secured in place with a fixed leather strap at the top mount and a brass socket at the bottom. This mount is better suited to smaller swords with thin blades such as the Masonic Templar Sword shown.

    Top Blade Socket: 35mm wide
    Bottom Blade Socket: 17mm wide

    Plaque only. Sword not included. 

    Height: 112cm
    Width: 16cm
    Swords Held: 1
    Weight: 1042g
    Material: Wood, brass fittings, leather strap

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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