This is a list of books that discuss either the works of masters or classical and historical western martial arts in general. This is not a comprehensive list but should provide you with a place to start.

  • Ridolfo Capoferro – The Art and Practice of Fencing (1610) Tom Leoni’s translation, Ridolfo Capoferro’s The Art and Practice of Fencing: A Practical Translation for the Modern Swordsman, can be found here.
  • Nick Evangelista – The Art and Science of Fencing (1996)
  • Nicoletto Giganti – The School, or Salle (1606) Tom Leoni’s translation, Venetian Rapier: The School, or Salle, can be found here.
  • Nicoletto Giganti – Book Two of Niccoletto Giganti of Venice (1608) Piermarco Terminello and Joshua Pendragon’s translation, The ‘Lost’ Second Book of Nicoletto Giganti (1608): A Rapier Fencing Treatise Rediscovered and Translated, can be found here.
  • Alfred Hutton – Old Sword-Play (1892)
  • Antonio Manciolino – Opera Nova (1531) Tom Leoni’s translation, The Complete Renaissance Swordsman, can be found here.
  • Joachim Meyer – The Art of Combat (1570) Dr. Jeffrey Forgeng’s translation, The Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570, can be found here.
  • Guy Windsor – The Swordsman’s Companion: A Modern Training Manual for Medieval Longsword (2004)
  • Guy Windsor – The Duellist’s Companion: A training manual for 17th century Italian rapier (2006)


"It is necessary, if you wish to be accomplished in the practice of arms, not only to know how to attack well with the point, perform a good feint, or pass well with both your left and right foot.  You must also understand the counters to these techniques, that is how to defend against them with grace."
Nicoletto Giganti