Center for Historical Fencing

A resource hub for those teaching Medieval, Renaissance, or Enlightenment Swordplay

Our Mission, Values, and Core Beliefs

The mission of the Center for Historical Fencing is to provide an online resource hub for our members and others who teach historical fencing and for historical fencers engaged in the study of historical swordsmanship.  We define historical fencing as fencing as taught by fencing masters, and as documented in their texts, in the period from 1300 to 1870 CE. 

Although our focus is on the use of the sword in the historical period, we value all types of fencing and recognize that the use of the sword has continually evolved to meet the needs of the societies in which it has been employed.

We believe that we best honor the memory of our professional fencing master predecessors by studying their works and attempting to keep alive their teachings through the reconstruction and application of their techniques and tactics.

Change in Focus

The Center for Historical Fencing is in the process of revamping its programs as a result of our transition to a non-profit school of fencing.  Please bear with us as we update, modify, retire, and add programs.  

Change in format in process

We are in the process of transferring our glossary of historical fencing terminology and our database of fencing masters into a new format, replacing the online text with .pdf documents.

Update to Fencing Master Project

Entry for Archibald McGregor of Paisley Scotland in 1791 updated.

Update to Fencing Master Project

One addition to Eugenio Pini and new listings for Juilliard, Leon Caton, Jean De Turck, Louis Friederich, and James McGregor.  Currently 1102 individuals listed in the Project database.

Update to Fencing Master Project

Listing on Thomas Monstery updated to reflect source of his certification; new Masters listed are Beurnier, the Comte de Montrichard, and Pehr Henrik Ling.

New Publication

In conjunction with the Classical Academy of Arms, CHF has published Broadsword, Sabre, and Cutlass in the 1800s: A study of six sources.  This teaching guide provides detailed information on six sources, ranging from 1804 to 1871, examining the use of the curved blade cut and thrust weapon.  Link to Lulu.com, our online publisher, is available on our Research page.

Updates to the Glossary

We have completed updating the Glossary with entries from T. Page’s 1746 text The Use of the Broadsword.  This morning we added 16 terms, increasing the overall number of terms in the Glossary to 276.

Updates to Glossary

We have added 22 additional broadsword terms from T. Page, bringing the total number of terms to 260 in the Glossary.  Our goal for this year  is 500!

Updates to the Glossary

We are now working with T. Page's 1746 broadsword text.  Thirteen new terms have been added, and we expect to be able to complete listing terms from his work this week.

Fencing Master Project Updates

Entry for Generoso Pavese updated; new update for Louis Tronchet.

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