Center for Historical Fencing

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


Historical fencing research is critical to understanding how historical fencers used their weapons, what those weapons were, how fencers trained, how Masters were trained, the format of competition, the structure of fencing guilds, etc.  The Center encourages research into these topics and into the best methods of teaching historical fencing today.  Members who conduct research are encouraged to list their work with the Center.   

Books and Monographs

Broadsword, Sabre, and Cutlass in the 1800s: A study of six sources by Walter G. Green III,, 2015, 114 pages.  A teaching guide to six significant sources on the use of the curved cut and thrust sword from 1804 to 1871.

The Private School of Defence: The Rapier Method of G. H. 1614 CE by Walter G. Green III,, 2015, 16 pages.  An interpretation of an English rapier monograph designed for use in teaching the method.

The Moniteur d'Escrime Historique Handbook by Walter G. Green III,, 2013, 214 pages.  A handbook for entry level instructors teaching in a club setting.


The English Fencing Masters' Skill Set 1547-1590 CE by Walter G. Green III, United States Fencing Coaches Association Maitre d'Escrime Historique thesis, 2013, hosted at

Conference Papers

The Masters of Defense ca. 1530-1617 by Walter G. Green III, conference presentation for the Tenth Annual Symposium on Historical European Swordsmanship, Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 26 April 2014, hosted at 

To Register A Research Project

Members may register ongoing research projects with the Center using the form in the right hand column on this page.  We publish the names of research projects by our members on this page and can facilitate contacts with other interested researchers.  However, we do not publish your name or contact data.

Registration of a research project establishes the initiation of your work and provides priority for allocation of Center support where needed and possible.  Projects may be intended for private circulation or for publication as books, articles, conference presentations, poster sessions, theses, Center papers, or in other academic publication formats.