The relatively young field of historical swordsmanship relies on research into the great historical fencing masters and the many fencing treatises they left behind for posterity. The first edition of SPADA, published in 2003 showcased the very best research by some of the best people in the field. SPADA II continues this, with articles on a wide range of different swordsmanship topics from some of the best known writers and teachers as well as some exciting new authors.
Edited by Stephen Hand, author of Medieval Sword and Shield and the upcoming English Swordsmanship, SPADA II also includes work by Tom Leoni, the author of Art of Duelling, Paul Wagner, author of Medieval Sword and Shield, Master of Defence and Highland Broadsword, Chris Thompson, author of Lannairreachd: Gaelic Swordsmanship and Linda McCollum, the editor of the Society of American Fight Directors magazine, The Fight Master.
The articles in SPADA II cover a wide range of topics, with something for everyone interested in the theory or practice of historical swordsmanship.
Richard Swinney and Scott Crawford – Medical Reality of Historical Wounds
Linda Carlyle McCollum – Dispelling Myths About the Early History of Rapier Fencing in England
Tom Leoni – Finding the sword or stringere
Stephen Hand – Further Thoughts on the Mechanics of Combat with Large Shields
Mary Dill Curtis and R.E. Puck Curtis – The Circle and the Sword: A Focus on Carranza and Pacheco de Narváez in Renaissance Spain
Gary Chelak- Italian Circle Theory: A Study of the Applied Geometry of the Italian Renaissance
Stephen Hand – Re-interpretation of some aspects of the sword and buckler system of manuscript I.33
Paul Wagner and Chris Thompson – The Words Claymore and Broadsword
Tom Leoni – The Forgotten Weapon: The Partisan in Italy In the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Whether you are interested in rapier fencing, sword and shield, the Highland Broadsword or just want to know what a sword can do if it hits you, you won’t want to miss out on the latest cutting edge research from some of the finest researchers in historical swordsmanship.