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Books on Fencing & Swordsmanship

The books listed in this section are concerned with use of swords, from sport and classical fencing right the way through to early battlefield weapons and techniques.

Most of the books currently listed deal with classical fencing, but books covering early fighting styles will be added as time permits.

New Books

The Art of the Italian Rapier/Italian Rapier Combat - Jared Kirby :15/11/2002

By the Sword - Richard A. Cohen :15/11/2002

The Inner Game of Fencing - Nick Evangelista :11/07/2001

The History of Fencing - Dr William Gaugler :11/07/2001

The Science of fencing - Dr William Gaugler :11/07/2001

The Secret History of the Sword - J. Christoph Amberger :11/07/2001

The English Martial Arts - Terry Brown :11/07/2001

On Fencing - Aldo Nadi :11/07/2001

The Art and Science of Fencing - Nick Evangelista :23/07/2001

Secrets of the Sword - Baron Cesar Lecat Bazancourt :23/07/2001

Old Sword Play - Sir Alfred Hutton :09/08/2001

Fencing and the Master - Lazlo Szabo :10/08/2001

The Complete Bibliography of Fencing and Duelling - Carl A. Thimm :10/08/2001


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Used Books

Older books on fencing and duelling can be of particular use in classical and historic fencing, especially if written before the advent of electronic scoring equipment. Alibris and Bookfinder are large American sites. Scimitars is a UK bookshop specialising in books to do with swords and swordplay. All three sites have a fab selection.

The Fencer's Companion - Leon Bertrand :11/07/2001

The Duel - Robert Baldick :11/07/2001

Alibris by title by author

Search BookFinder.com Scimitars is run by Simon Trinder a fencing and swordplay enthusiast and Leon Pual distributor for the North East. based in Stockton-on-Tees.


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.