Books about books. Want to take your research or collecting a stage further. Well take a look at some of these comprehensive guides to what's been written about swords, fencing, duelling and all things related.
The History of fencing - Dr William Gaugler :11/07/2001
This is just a fantastic book, in essence a list of all the people who have ever written anything of use about European fencing and an outline of their work. Works listed by period and weapons covered, as well as noteable techniques outlined. A fabulous reference book for anyone interested in European swordplay. This is not a book about European swordplay in general, but instead focuses on the civilian weapons and techniques that contributed to modern fencing. Rapier and smallsword are fully covered, sabre is only covered from it's first sporting incarnation and the work of Radaelli.
The Complete Bibliography of Fencing and Duelling - Carl A. Thimm :10/08/2001
Haven't read this one yet. Considered by many to be the definitive work on fencing and duelling up until the end of the 19th Century when it ends. More fully titled: A Complete Bibliography of Fencing & Duelling: As Practiced by All European Nations from the Middle Ages to the Present Day(1898ish).
For more book reviews see J.Christoph Amberger's site, Swordhistory. The site itself is designed to provide information about his book listed above, but it also contains a number of interesting articles on the various aspects of swordplay ane EMA. It also has some nice links and a set of book reviews.