Historical Fencing

Catch-all page for my historical fencing research. You’ll find links to translated manuals, drill videos, plus my own thoughts and interpretations of the text.

You can also find general SCA/rapier fencing posts in the fencing tag.


MANUAL: La Sherma: The Art of Fencing, translated by Piermarco Terminiello, ‎ Phil Marshall & Caroline Stewart.

MANUAL: Alfieri by Tom Leoni


Part II
Chapter VI: On Wounding in Quarta from a Firm Foot
Chapter VII: On Wounding in Seconda from a Firm Foot
Chapter VIII: On Wounding on the Outside Over the Sword, Passing with the Left Foo
Chapter IX: On Wounding on the Outside Under the Sword, Passing with the Left Foot
Chapter X: On Wounding the Enemy with a Thrust in Quarta, From a Firm Foot, While He Attempts to Cut
Chapter XI: How to Wound the Enemy While He Tries to Attack with a Mandritto or Riverso to the Legs
Chapter XII: On Wounding a Furious and Resolute Opponent
Chapter XIII: How to Wound From a Firm Foot an Enemy Who Tries to Gain an Advantage by Circling
Chapter XIV: On Wounding by Voiding the Body Without Passing
Chapter XV: On Wounding While Carrying the Body Out of Presence
Chapter XVI: How to Wound While Lowering the Body Without Parrying
Chapter XVII: How to Wound a Left-Handed Opponent

Capo Ferro

MANUAL: Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing, translated by Jerek Swanger and William E. Wilson


Chapter 1: Of Fencing in General
Chapter 2: The Definition of Fencing, and it’s Explanation
Chapter 3: The Division of Fencing that is Posed in the Knowledge of the Sword
Chapter 4: Measure
Chapter 5: Tempo
Chapter 6: The Body, Beginning with the Head
Chapter 7: The Body
Chapter 8: The Arms
Chapter 9: The Thighs, the Legs, the Feet and the Stance
Chapter 10: The Defense & the Guard
Chapter 11: How to Seek Measure


ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Duellists Companion: A training manual for 17th century Italian rapier by Guy Windsor
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Duello.tv Video Training Series, presented by Academie Duello
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Ridolfo Capoferro’s The Art and Practice of Fencing: A Practical Translation for the Modern Swordsman by Tom Leoni


Researching swords, gonnes and garb during the 16th and 17th Centuries.