Our founder, Guy Windsor, has written many books on historical swordsmanship. Reading them will give you a clear insight into what and how we train.
The latest writing project is The Swordsman’s Quick Guide Series of booklets (about 5-7,000 words) on swordsmanship topics, such as The Seven Principles of Mastery, Choosing a Sword, and Preparing for Freeplay. You can find the details here.
Swordfighting, for Writers, Game Designers, and Martial Artists is his latest full-length book. It was published in March 2015. It features a foreword by the extraordinary Neal Stephenson, author of some of the best novels ever written. Mr Stephenson wrote:
“Whether you are a writer or game-maker seeking the kind of information I sought while writing The Baroque Cycle, or just a general reader with an interest in the arts to which Guy Windsor has dedicated his career, you should find much that is rewarding in these pages.”
Which we think is very kind of him.
The Medieval Longsword came out in July 2014. It is a complete training manual for learning Fiore’s Art of Arms with the longsword.
You can buy the paperback or hardback from Amazon, and doingso you can get the Kindle version for free. Links: For our American cousins; for our European brethren. It even has a foreword by Christian Cameron, author of The Ill-Made Knight, the Tyrant series, and other excellent historical novels.
For those who prefer Barnes and Noble (and who can blame you?)
You can also buy all available formats (pdf, epub, kindle) of the ebook here:
You can see a sample drill from the new book here.
Reviews: in the few short weeks that the book has been out, it has gathered a 4.7 star average on Amazon for the kindle version (see the reviews here), and a couple of reviews (both five-star) for the paperback (one on the US site, one on the UK).
It has also found its way onto the Utah Area-Info site here!
Mastering the Art of Arms: the Medieval Dagger, published by Freelance Academy Press in 2012, is a complete training method for Fiore dei Liberi’s dagger combat.
It currently has six reviews on Amazon, all five-star; would you like to add your own?
“Naturally, you must expect me to attack with Capoferro…”
Because Capoferro wrote one of the quirkiest and most thorough rapier books ever, published in 1610.
The Duellist’s Companion is a complete interpretation and training guide for Capoferro’s rapier system, first published by Chivalry Bookshelf in 2006. I reissued it in 2013 as a paperback and pdf. You can see video of my interpretation, and some seminar footage, here.
This book currently has a 4.9 star average on Amazon: you can check out the reviews here!
The Swordsman’s Companion was my first book, published by Chivalry Bookshelf in 2004.
Be advised that as a training manual, is largely superceded by Mastering the Art of Arms: the Medieval Longsword, which came out in July 2014. But the advice on training, choosing opponents, and the spirit in which you should approach your practice is as valid today as it was a decade ago.
Guy edited a second edition in 2013, which is available in paperback, kindle, pdf and epub. Note that if you have bought the paperback from amazon, you can also get the Kindle version free through their Matchup program. He thinks that if you buy the book in one format, you should be able to read it in whatever other format you like; the only caveat being whether it costs money to make and distribute.
You can get the book in pdf, kindle and epub here:
This book currently has a 4.6 stars average rating out of 14 reviews on Amazon. Check them out!
Veni Vadi Vici is an annotated transcription and translation of Philippo Vadi’s De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi. I raised money to pay for the work on an Indiegogo campaign. The book is out in paperback, or you can buy all ebook formats in one download here:
Errata are noted here.
This work was a labour of love, and my first complete translation of an Italian swordsmanship treatise.
Note that if you have bought the paperback from amazon, you can also get the Kindle version free through their Matchup program. I think that if you buy the book in one format, you should be able to read it in whatever other format you like; the only caveat being whether it costs money to make and distribute.
The Little Book of Pushups is an essay on good physical training practice, and a collection of twenty or so variations to ensure that with just your body weight and a clean-enough floor, you can get and stay fit and strong. First published in 2009. Available here as a pdf-only download:
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This book has a 4 star average review on Amazon, you can see them all here.
The Armizare Vade Mecum is a collection of mnemonic verses for students of Fiore’s Art of Arms, published by Freelance Academy Press in 2011. Sometimes serious, sometimes fun, they embody Fiore’s words in memorable verses.