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We offer one of the best selections of HEMA-related books available for sale in the UK. Our range of books covers a wide range of subjects, from translations of historical treaties to modern training systems based on historical resources. Whether you are just starting out in HEMA or a seasoned veteran, there is sure to be a book in our collection that proves of interest. We have a varied selection to choose from, so if you are interested in learning German Longsword, Sword and Buckler or fighting with the messer, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • DISCONTINUED - Ridolfo Capoferro's The Art and Practice of Fencing

    In the 1600s, the elegant and deadly Italian rapier was the choice sword of duelists, officers, gentlemen and noblemen: to master the rapier was to be a feared martial artist and a paragon in single combat.

    Among the original treatises on the use of this weapon, the most prized by historical fencing revivalists in the last 150 year has been the Great Representation of the Art and Practice of Fencing, written in 1610 by Master Ridolfo Capoferro. In this remarkable text, Capoferro described and illustrated--in unmatched detail--the use of the rapier alone and with a left-handed dagger, cloak and shield, offering the modern historical fencing student a true wealth of Renaissance fencing theory, form and repertoire.

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    Excl. Tax: £28.06 Incl. Tax: £28.06

  • Major Elliot's Art of Attack and Defence

    Major William John Elliot was a Victorian British civil servant, army reservist and author on military subjects. He trained under some of the leading martial arts instructors of his day and later in life wrote this helpful little manual as a record of the styles of foil fencing, sabre, bayonet and boxing that he was taught.

    For the first time since the 19th century, this manual is here re-published, now with the addition of biographical data and an introduction to Victorian martial arts by Matt Easton.

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  • A Newer, Shorter and Easier Method of Fencing

    Sir William Hope's New, Short and Easy Method of Fencing represents a system by which a gentleman of the early 18th century might learn to defend himself with those swords commonly available to him, such as the small-sword. This book presents for the modern reader a curriculum for studying Sir William's idiosyncratic, yet effective, system for fighting with that weapon. Included also are some notes on the spadroon as well as a discussion of techniques in his earlier work, The Sword-Man's Vade Mecum.

    Author: Milo Thurston
    Format: Paperback, 133 pages, 23.4 x 15.6cm, B&W
    ISBN: 978-0-9564871-6-2
    Published by Wyvern MediaLearn 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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  • Primoris: The Rob Lovett Fiore Dei Liberi Training System

    Primoris is the first stage of a complete martial training system devised by Rob Lovett for the Fiore dei Liberi art.

    The system is intended for anyone who wishes to learn a complete martial art or develop their skills within the Fiore art itself. This first (primoris) stage of the system takes the student through martial basics, theory, mechanics and safe practice onto the fundamentals of the art via unarmed striking and grappling, dagger and single-handed sword use.

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  • The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer’s Medieval German Longsword Grades 1 & 2

    This book will provide an opportunity to study the martial system behind the Art that is medieval German longsword, as taught by Johannes Liechtenauer in the mid 14th Century and glossed by Sigmund Ringeck the Elder (c 1502).

    Buy The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer’s Medieval German Longsword Grades 1&2 with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA book retailer.

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  • The Noble Science, Volume 2

    The Journal for the Discerning and Gentle Practitioner, containing diverse papers on the Native European Arts and Sciences of Defence.

    Buy Ridolfo Capoferro's The Art and Practice of Fencing with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA book retailer.

    Editor: MI. Hillyard
    Format: Paperback, 50 pages, 27.94 x 21.59 cm, B&W
    ISBN: 978-0-9564871-4-8

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  • Lessons on the Thrust

    This was one of the first concise and systematic treatises on the typically German style of rapier fencing that evolved from the teachings of Fabris and his German students. L’Ange presents his personal point of view on this fencing style, which includes a rather large selection of brutal grappling moves. Learn More
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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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  • Encased in Steel Anthology I

    The book is divided into five thematic parts, each dealing with a different element of the study of historical European martial arts. Topics include chivalry, history and research, studies of weapons, test cutting, and practical concerns.

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