Master medieval sword & buckler with help from the oldest fencing manual in the world.
Travel back to the Medieval period with Swordschool’s latest course: a modern interpretation of the oldest historical fencing source yet discovered: Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33, written in the early 14th century by an anonymous priest.
You can start this course alone, but after the first two sections you’ll need a training partner - so share your enrolment with a friend, or even with your entire club, and learn about this fascinating historical fighting style together.
The course provides months (if not years) of training material, including:
- Warmups tailored specifically to this style
- The correct application of relevant body mechanics
- Style-appropriate sword & buckler footwork
- How to control measure and develop your fencing skills
- Avoiding the pitfalls of “common fencing”
- Solo and pair exercises including all the key plays from the source
- Troubleshooting common fencing problems, both specific to this style and otherwise
You’ll also get access to Swordschool’s official Discord server, an invaluable resource for students to share their progress and learn from each other - including Guy himself, who is also a regular contributor.
By the end of the course you’ll not only have everything you need to become proficient at sword and buckler fighting in this style - you’ll also be ready to interpret the source material yourself, enabling you to learn directly from the mysterious priest who wrote our primary text.
Interested in this and some of our other courses?
If this material doesn’t cover everything you’d like to learn at Swordschool, there’s a cheaper way to access multiple courses! Check out our Mastering the Art of Arms package, which includes everything we offer for just $20, $45, or $70 per month.
I have been training martial arts for 30 years, and teaching swordsmanship professionally since I founded The School of European Swordsmanship in 2001. The School has branches and study groups all over the world, so I have taught thousands of students, from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures. My books include The Swordsman’s Companion, The Duellist’s Companion, The Medieval Dagger, The Medieval Longsword, The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts, and The Swordsman's Quick Guide series of ebooks along with many others. It's my job to help you achieve your goals. I do this by teaching in person, through my books, and through these online courses.