History

The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe, Sydney Anglo, ISBN 0300083521, $55.

Llwyd says: An excellent modern history of period combat containing reproductions of hundreds of period illustrations.

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THE NOBLE ART OF THE SWORD: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe 1520-1630, Tobias Capwell, 2012, ISBN 0900785438, $41.

Llwyd says: Beautiful photographs cataloging a Wallace Collection exhibition of arms, armor, clothing and manuals.

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The Rapier & Small-Sword: 1460-1820, A.V.B. Norman, ISBN 0405130899.

Llwyd says: This is an exhaustive survey and classification of period weapons. Highly recommended if you are interested in the swords themselves. It is out of print as I write this and very pricey, but check for alternate printings or vendors.

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The Renaissance Drill Book, Jacob de Gheyn, ISBN 185367561X, $25.

Llwyd says: Interesting historic period wood cut Pike and Musket drill flip book

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The Secret History of the Sword, J. Christoph Amberger ISBN 1892515040, $20.

Llwyd says: A modern book exploring the historic underpinnings of modern competitive fencing. It contains lots of excellent, but mostly post period, research in a well written narrative.

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The Sword and the Centuries: 500 Years of European Swords and Duels That Have Been Fought With Them, Alfred Hutton, 1901, ISBN 1566196906, $20.

Llwyd says: Out of print. Widely available used. A variety of similar titles are also available, which may or may not be different books. This one is a history of swords and duels.

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