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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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  • German Longsword Study Guide

    A study guide for the German longsword, explaining the Liechtenauer tradition and where we get our information about the system.

    The AHA German Longsword Study Guide is an award-winning publication, with the HEMA Scholar Awards recognising Keith Farrell and Alex Bourdas with the “Best Instructor” award for research published in 2013.

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    Excl. Tax: £15.00 Incl. Tax: £18.00

  • The Complete Rapier Workbook By Guy Windsor

    From renowned swordsman and teacher Guy Windsor comes an indispensable resource for anyone interested in martial arts, swordsmanship, and history.

    With this 80+ page workbook, you can complete your knowledge of Capoferro’s rapier plays, building a strong foundation on which to construct your fencing skills.

    The book is organised through the Rapier Footwork Form, with each chapter adding steps to the Form, first as pair drills, and then practiced solo. This ensures that you will have little difficulty remembering the new material.

    The book is illustrated with extracts from historical sources and supported by video clips, linked to in the text. All you need is a training partner, a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and a couple of practice rapiers and fencing masks.

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    Excl. Tax: £24.17 Incl. Tax: £29.00

  • The Windsor Method By Guy Windsor

    From renowned swordsman and teacher Guy Windsor comes an indispensable resource for anyone interested in martial arts, swordsmanship, and history.

    One of the world’s foremost experts in historical swordfighting and martial arts systems, Dr. Guy Windsor wants to teach you how to maximize your personal development and live up to your true potential – in training, in martial arts, and in life – even when training solo. 

    Using simple, straightforward, and (above all) achievable principles of action, Dr. Windsor can help you establish a solid foundation for mechanics and training in your own martial arts practices, as well as teaching you best practices to achieve excellence in life. Whether you are searching for ways to improve your combat and martial arts training, hope to increase your physical fitness, or simply want to find a better mindset for living life, The Windsor Method is for you.

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  • The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts By Guy Windsor

    From renowned swordsman and teacher Guy Windsor comes an indispensable resource for anyone interested in martial arts, swordsmanship, and history.

    Through this book Guy will teach you how to train your mind and body to become an expert in historical martial arts. It includes the seven principles of mastery, considers the ethics of martial arts, and goes into detail about the process of recreating historical martial arts from written sources.

    On the practical side, Guy explains how to develop your skills, and lays out the path for students to become teachers, covering the basics of safe training, looking after your body, and even starting your own training group and teaching basic classes.

    An accessible, motivating read that includes many suggestions for further study, including courses, books and other resources, this book sets out to answer every question about historical martial arts you may have. Note that this is not a training manual for a specific style: it provides the foundations for every style.

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  • From Medieval Manuscript to Modern Practice By Guy Windsor

    In the late 14th century dei Liberi, an Italian knightly combat master, wrote Il Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle). This magnificent, illustrated manuscript described how to fight on foot and on horseback, in armour and without, with sword, spear, pollax, dagger, or with no weapon at all.

    Windsor spent the last twenty years studying Fiore's work and creating a modern practice of historical swordsmanship from it.

    In this book, Windsor takes you through all of Fiore's longsword techniques on foot without armour. Each technique (or “play”) is shown with the drawing from the treatise, Windsor's transcription and translation of the text, his commentary on how it fits into the system and works in practice, and a link to a video of the technique in action. The book also contains a detailed introduction describing Fiore's life and times, and an extensive discussion of the contexts in which Fiore's art belongs.

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  • Advanced Longsword By Guy Windsor

    You need to have read volume 2 of the series, The Medieval Longsword, to use this book effectively. This book builds on the foundation laid in The Medieval Longsword and teaches you how to train Fiore dei Liberi’s Art of Arms, as shown in his 1410 manuscript ll Fior di Battaglia. Renowned swordsman and author Guy Windsor explains three of the longsword forms that are used every day in The School of European Swordsmanship. Within these pages, you will find in-depth instructions and analysis, dozens of tips for how to improve your skills, and enough material for years of study. Guy Windsor has been training martial arts for 30 years and teaching professionally since he founded The School of European Swordsmanship in 2001. The School has branches and study groups all over the world.

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  • The Medieval Longsword By Guy Windsor

    The Medieval Longsword covers everything you need to know from tools of the trade to footwork, strikes, and defenses, to how to exploit your adversary’s mistakes, and how to disarm your opponent. This complete and approachable guide to the Art of Arms provides a gateway to a worldwide community of like-minded people also practicing this historical martial art. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a competent fencer, this book by author and internationally renowned swordsman Guy Windsor will guide you towards mastery of this ancient Art.

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  • The Duellist's Companion By Guy Windsor

    A complete training guide to 17th century Italian rapier fencing, and a thorough interpretation of the style of legendary swordsman Ridolfo Capoferro, author of the most famous fencing book in history, his Gran Simulacro, published in 1610. First published in 2006, this guide is the standard work on the subject.

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  • The Swordsman's Companion By Guy Windsor

    A complete beginner's guide to training in medieval Italian longsword. This book covers everything from choosing a sword to warming up, to fencing. Full of set drills and clear descriptions, this book has been the standard work on the subject since it first came out in 2004. As a technical manual, it has been largely superseded by The Medieval Longsword, which came out in 2014, but it is unsurpassed as a general guide to how and why you should train swordsmanship.

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  • Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

    Today, fighting with dagger versus dagger, or with knife versus knife, is not a common scenario that people might expect to face. However, it was more common in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, when it was normal for people to wear a dagger on their belt. Arguments or fights with daggers could break out; and while duels were more often fought with swords, combatants could also agree to do so with daggers.

    This is not a book on modern knife fighting; rather, it is a book dealing with the historical knife fighting of Renaissance Italy. The modern blade aficionado will also find material of interest. The book offers several views of short-bladed weapons that were developed and tested when cold steel was the king of weaponcraft and when duels were more common than today.

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