Historical Treatises Translations

Historical Treatises. The Renaissance Sword Club produces translations of these texts


As well as training in  Renaissance  sword arts, we produce translations of original treatises. We interpret and attempt to implement these teachings.

We have three major translations:

‘The Book of Lessons’, published by Fallen Rook. Translated from the French, this is a highly detailed set of fencing lessons for sword, sword and dagger and sword and cloak. Dating to the early to mid seventeenth century, this treatise, possibly written by the Spanish soldier, Pedro De Heredia, also contains 71 colour pictures from the Swedish Royal Library, published in full for the first time.

The Sword of Combat‘ by François Dancie

Treatise or Instruction for Fencing‘ by Hieronymus Calvacabo

De Heredia Translations

Four images from Pedro De Heredia (c.1610)

In addition, we have free translations, which can be found below:

François Dancie

Discourse of Arms and Method to Properly Fence With the Sword and Dagger (pre 1617)

The mauscript which probably formed the basis for The Sword of Combat. This translation is from a transcription by Olivier Dupuis.

André Desbordes

Discourse of the Theory and Practice of the Excellence of Arms (1610)

Charles Besnard

The Free Master of Weapons Part 1 (1653)


The Sword and Dagger Techniques of François Dancie by Rob Runacres

Brief Notes on Using the Cloak with the Rapier by Rob Runacres

Exercises for the Cloak and Rapier by Rob Runacres

HEMAC Factsheet:   Salvator Fabris’ Lo Schermo by Rob Runacres

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The Renaissance Sword Club is a martial arts club teaching sword fighting and historical fencing classes and lessons in Surrey, Berkshire and the South-East of England

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