HEMA reading list – Spring 2018

As requested, the beginnings of our HEMA reading list. Starting with a selection of the West Devon Swords bookshelf, the majority are works…

Our HEMA video picks playlist

In our most recent HEMA class, I was asked for a playlist of good material. While Google and YouTube will give you an…

Foil: The Sport of Kings

by Robin Catling: The foil is a descendant of the light court sword formerly used by nobility to train for duels – there…

Fencing Quiz: Saint or Sinner?

by Victoria Pritchard: Pick the answers that apply to you and add up the points in the brackets next to them to find…

The evolution of sporting weapons

By Robin Catling:  Although the use of heavy metal armour during the Middle Ages made swordsmanship virtually obsolete, the development of firearms in…

Fencing age groups

Youth fencing is usually divided up by age bands. The age of a fencer is normally taken as at Jan 1st in the…