Sources We Study

These are all the historical sources we study and teach from at our club.

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This is a translation of "Gr├╝ndtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens" by Joachim Meyer, translated by Jeffrey L. Forgeng. This is one of the most well-known Fechtb├╝cher used in the HEMA world for learning the principles of German longsword fighting. Within its pages, however, we can also see descriptions of how to fight with other weapons such as rapier, dussack, and dagger.

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Meyer's Longsword (Advanced)
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Meyer's Longsword (Beginner)
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This book is a translation of Gran Simulacro dell'Arte e dell'Uso della Scherma by Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli, printed in 1610. It contains detailed descriptions and paintings of rapier combat.

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Capo Ferro's Rapier
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Discovered by Olivier Dupuis in June 2021, this older manuscript by Joachim Meyer is full of exciting new information, as well as different explanations for certain cuts, handworks, and devices that can shed further light on how a well-to-do German noble may fence with his fellows. A translation for this is in progress by one of our members - feel free to reach out or ask at the club if you're interested!

We aren't teaching anything from this source at the moment - but feel free to study it anyway!

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This source is a detailed manual of instruction for British military infantry swordsmanship. It is the oldest known British manual intended to teach purely military swordsmanship on foot. Four editions were printed between 1798 and 1824, the first three in London, UK and the last in New York, United States. It is a more "martial" text rather than a manual of sport fencing or duelling. Despite the title, it is suitable for learning the art of defence for broadsword, sabre, and spadroon.

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British Military Swordsmanship
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A Bolognese fencing manual written by Antonio Manciolino and printed in ca. 1523,[1] and possibly the earliest printed Italian fencing treatise.

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Sword and Buckler
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A collection of manuscripts by Andre Lignitzer.

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Sword and Buckler
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A collection of treatises and manuscripts attributed to Hans Talhoffer.

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Sword and Buckler
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