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 two major translations:

The Sword of Combat‘ by François Dancie

Treatise or Instruction for Fencing‘ by Hieronymus Calvacabo

Coming soon, we will have a new translation of  ‘The Book of Lessons’, a manuscript in French from c.1610, attributed to Pedro de Heredia!

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

© The Renaissance Sword Club

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *