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.

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.