Treatise & Manuals of Swordfighting
The importance of historic texts in the study of realistic swordplay is great and with the growing popularity of the World Wide Web more and more valuable texts are being brought into the public domain. The intention here therefor is to try an maintain a comprehensive list of links to where these texts can be found.
The Royal Armouries :31/10/2001
Manusripts available via post or email request, many civilian and military manusripts available, though several only available in original language.
The Exiles: UK :31/10/2001
A fabulous UK resource, the Exiles have downloaded a great many of the historic manuals that are available on-line and are prepared to burn your selection from these manuals onto a single CD, and all for £5. plus postage and packing. All material is fully acredited with individual credits printed on each CD.
Patri Pugilesse :31/10/2001
Excellent US site with many texts for sale in A4 photocopied format, inexpensive, but orders must be done by conventional post and cheque.
The British Federation for Historical Swordplay :31/10/2001
An excellent UK page with many texts for sale in A4 photocopied format, inexpensive, but orders must be done by conventional post and cheque.
William Wilson :31/10/2001
Several on-line manuals and treatise that William Wilson is supervising the translation of. Most in PDF format, for ease of downloading.
A Fabulously informative site, a great many on-line texts and manuals free to download from fully credited sources, and catalogued by century. Nicely designed and quite fast, though some of the texts can take a while to download.
ARMA aka HACA :09/01/2002
Another fabulously informative site, good many on-line manuals with a brief guide to content. Efficient and quick site, many nice distractions.
An interesting site focused on European unarmed and close quarter fighting. Informative collection of pan european treatise, nicely illustrated with critiques and suggested practice methods, several usefual links too.