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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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  • 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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    Excl. Tax: £14.59 Incl. Tax: £17.51

  • 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
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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.

    Buy Primoris: The Rob Lovett Fiore Dei Liberi Training System with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA book retailer.

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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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  • 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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  • Of the Single Rapier

    Bruchius describes a style of rapier fencing that evolved from the teachings of Fabris. He presents this style through a brief explanation of the principles of fencing followed by 212 lessons. Learn More
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  • The Noble Science, Volume 1

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

    Buy The Noble Science, Volume 1 with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA book retailer.

    Editor: MI. Hillyard
    Format: Paperback, 40 pages, 27.94 x 21.59 cm, B&W
    ISBN: 978-0-9564871-2-4

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  • The Guards and Lessons of the Highland Broadsword

    In 1798 and 1799, Henry Angelo, a member of famed Angelo dynasty of swordmasters, published a series of posters on the use of the Highland broadsword. Learn More
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