English Martial Arts


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Company for Historical Combat

Historical Manuals


These manuals are all in PDF format and available free to download courtesy of the members of the Western Martial Arts community that have taken the trouble to transcribe them from the original documents. Without such dedicated and generous scholars the world of Western Martial Arts would be a very different place indeed.


George Silver's Paradoxes of Defense

Silver's classic work in which he rails against all types of fencing except his own which is based on the noble ancient traditions of the English.
This transcription is available courtesy of Mr Steve Hick.



George Silver's Brief Instructions upon my Paradoxes of Defense

Silver's second (unpublished) work in which he attempts to justify his earlier work by describing the techniques of his system.
This transcription is available courtesy of Mr Steve Hick.



Cotton Titus AXXV

One of only three remaining English, medieval combat manuscripts, this was originally thought to be a single page on two handed sword work, but after studying the manuscript for some time Elenora Durban found that under UV light a second page of staff combat was visible. This makes this manuscript unique as the only surviving English, Medieval, Multi-weapon manuscript.
This transcription is available courtesy of Dr Eleonora Durban.



Harley MS3542

The most well known of the three English Medieval sources. This manuscript first describes the techniques and then summarises the system in verse.
This transcription is available courtesy of Mr Steve Hick.



Additional Manuscript 39564

This manuscript is also known as the Lendall manuscript, it is perhaps the most detailed of the three English medieval combat manuscripts and contains such prosaic descriptions as "The Dragon's Tail" and "The Tumbling Chase".
This transcription is available courtesy of Mr Steve Hick.



Lioncour

Le Maitre D'Armes ou L'exercise de l'epee seule dans sa perfection.
A French treatise from 1692 courtesy of The Linacre School of Defense



Zach Wylde

An English treatise from 1711 covering a variety of weapons.
Courtesy of The Linacre School of Defense.



Hope - New Method of Fencing Poster

A poster detailing Hope's New Method of Fencing.
Courtesy of The Linacre School of Defense.