Swords & Historical Fencing

Kunst Des Fechtens (Wednesday 21:00 – 22:30)

Our “Kunst des Fechtens” features a true combined-arms approach to combat; we study a variety of different weapons from the late medieval and renaissance German school of fencing.

Our primary weapons in this class are the longsword and the dussack/messer, however we will also look at the dagger as well as some unarmed techniques, and from time to time we may also drop in the odd lesson on spear, staff, pollaxe and other weapons when it supports our studies with the longsword and messer.


Backsword & Broadsword (Tuesday 18:00 – 19:30)

Our first class on Tuesday evening is a class looking at the basket-hilted sword, sometimes referred to as a backsword or broadsword depending upon the blade style of the particular sword in question.

Our primary sources are the works of George Silver, Joseph Swetnam and Zachary Wylde, supplemented by work from Sir William Hope, Donald McBane, Thomas Page and others. We will look at the use of the dagger and other implements n the off-hand, as well as occasional forays into related arts like cutlass!


English Longsword (Tuesday 19:30 – 21:00)

In this class we work directly from the three surviving English longsword sources, Man yt Wol (MS Harley 3542), Cotton Titus XXVa and the Ledall Roll (Additional Manuscript MS 39564), supplemented by material from George Silver.

Although this lesson focuses solely on the use of the longsword we aim to present a rounded approach to combat and will occasionally dip our toes into the murky waters of hypothetical disarms and grapples utilising the longsword.