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We offer one of the best selections of HEMA related books and DVDs available for sale in the UK. Our range of books covers a wide range of subjects, from translations of historical treaties to modern training systems based on historical resources. Whether you are just starting out in HEMA or a seasoned veteran, there is sure to be a book in our collection that proves of interest. Our selection of DVDs is a great way to learn new fighting systems. We have a varied selection to choose from, so if you are interested in learning German Longsword, Sword and Buckler or fighting with the messer, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • The Duellist's Companion By Guy Windsor

    A complete training guide to 17th century Italian rapier fencing, and a thorough interpretation of the style of legendary swordsman Ridolfo Capoferro, author of the most famous fencing book in history, his Gran Simulacro, published in 1610. First published in 2006, this guide is the standard work on the subject.

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  • The Armizare Workbook Part One: The Beginners' Course by Guy Windsor - Hardback

    Do you want to learn authentic medieval Italian martial arts and knightly combat?

    With a training partner, some simple equipment, and this innovative workbook, you can.

    Incorporating over 40 video clips, text instruction, and many images, this workbook is the most up-to-date way to learn the ancient art of Armizare. Armizare is the Italian word for the Art of Arms, as taught by Fiore dei Liberi in his extraordinary treatise 
    The Flower of Battle, written in about 1400.
    It is challenging to learn directly from the manuscript, so let the acclaimed and respected researcher, practitioner and teacher Dr. Guy Windsor make it easier for you with this workbook.

    Everybody learns differently, so there are options presented at various points in the workbook, allowing you to choose what to practise next, based on your interests. There are many paths up the mountain, and with this workbook you get to choose your own. The video clips include instruction for both right and left handers. The printed workbooks include abundant space for writing notes, and are available for both right and left-handers.

    The workbook is organised into eight classes, for you to take at your own pace. Every movement and technique is clearly described, with images from Fiore’s manuscript, and links to video clips showing you the technique in action.

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  • The Medieval Dagger By Guy Windsor - Hardback

    In Mastering the Art of Arms, Volume One: The Medieval Dagger, Guy Windsor presents a complete guide to the principles and practice of Italian dagger combat, as set down in Il Fior di Battaglia, a manuscript written in 1410. Readers are guided step-by-step through the process of mastering this six hundred year old art, from choosing a dagger to striking with it; from guard positions to steps and turns; from disarms to locks and takedowns; from safe falling practice to formal drills, and finally pressure testing their skills with sparring.

    Both a primer on the art and a methodology for on-going training, this book will give the complete novice a solid starting point, while providing useful drills and ideas for advanced martial artists. Those who study other traditional knife arts, and modern military combatives, will find many familiar techniques present in this ancient system.

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  • Hema Cards - Meyer Longsword

    HEMA Cards are predominately designed to help students of HEMA (Historic European Martial Arts) to learn the names of guards and cuts quickly with these easy to use reference cards. Cuts are shown in a unique 3rd person view to better show the angle of the cut. The cards can be used in class showing students the subtle variations of guards or as sparring/training selection tool etc.

    For this pack, the drawings and names are based on Joachim Meyers 1568 The Art of Sword Combat and 1570 The Art of Combat treaties for the Longsword. 36 cards in a pack.

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  • The Swordsman's Companion By Guy Windsor

    A complete beginner's guide to training in medieval Italian longsword. This book covers everything from choosing a sword to warming up, to fencing. Full of set drills and clear descriptions, this book has been the standard work on the subject since it first came out in 2004.

    As a technical manual, it has been largely superseded by 
    The Medieval Longsword, which came out in 2014, but it is unsurpassed as a general guide to how and why you should train swordsmanship.

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  • The Medieval Longsword By Guy Windsor

    The Medieval Longsword covers everything you need to know from tools of the trade to footwork, strikes, and defenses, to how to exploit your adversary’s mistakes, and how to disarm your opponent.

    This complete and approachable guide to the Art of Arms provides a gateway to a worldwide community of like-minded people also practicing this historical martial art. 
    Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a competent fencer, this book by author and internationally renowned swordsman Guy Windsor will guide you towards mastery of this ancient Art.

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  • Advanced Longsword By Guy Windsor

    You need to have read volume 2 of the series, The Medieval Longsword, to use this book effectively. This book builds on the foundation laid in The Medieval Longsword and teaches you how to train Fiore dei Liberi’s Art of Arms, as shown in his 1410 manuscript ll Fior di Battaglia

    Renowned swordsman and author Guy Windsor explains three of the longsword forms that are used every day in The School of European Swordsmanship. Within these pages, you will find in-depth instructions and analysis, dozens of tips for how to improve your skills, and enough material for years of study. Guy Windsor has been training martial arts for 30 years and teaching professionally since he founded The School of European Swordsmanship in 2001. The School has branches and study groups all over the world.

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  • The Noble Science, Volume 2

    The Journal for the Discerning and Gentle Practitioner, containing diverse papers on the Native European Arts and Sciences of Defence.

    Buy The Noble Science, Volume 2 with confidence from the UK’s leading HEMA book retailer.

    Editor: MI. Hillyard
    Format: Paperback, 50 pages, 27.94 x 21.59 cm, B&W
    ISBN: 978-0-9564871-4-8

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  • From Medieval Manuscript to Modern Practice By Guy Windsor

    In the late 14th century dei Liberi, an Italian knightly combat master, wrote Il Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle). This magnificent, illustrated manuscript described how to fight on foot and on horseback, in armour and without, with sword, spear, pollax, dagger, or with no weapon at all.

    Windsor spent the last twenty years studying Fiore's work and creating a modern practice of historical swordsmanship from it.

    In this book, Windsor takes you through all of Fiore's longsword techniques on foot without armour. Each technique (or “play”) is shown with the drawing from the treatise, Windsor's transcription and translation of the text, his commentary on how it fits into the system and works in practice, and a link to a video of the technique in action. The book also contains a detailed introduction describing Fiore's life and times, and an extensive discussion of the contexts in which Fiore's art belongs.

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  • German Longsword Study Guide

    A study guide for the German longsword, explaining the Liechtenauer tradition and where we get our information about the system.

    The AHA German Longsword Study Guide is an award-winning publication, with the HEMA Scholar Awards recognising Keith Farrell and Alex Bourdas with the “Best Instructor” award for research published in 2013.

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