Welcome to Swordschool!

For students of Medieval and Renaissance Italian martial arts.

Where historical accuracy meets practical training.

Books, facsimiles, audiobooks, online courses and t-shirts from world-renowned instructor and pioneering researcher of medieval and renaissance martial arts Dr Guy Windsor.

What's new in store?

De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi

NEW AUDIOBOOK: De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi in Italian and English

Immerse Yourself in Knightly Combat

Step back into the world of the late 1400s with Philippo
Vadi's De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi: the Art of Sword Fighting in Earnest.

This extraordinary audiobook, read in its original Italian by the captivating Eleonora Rebecchi and translated and narrated in English by renowned historical martial artist Dr. Guy Windsor, brings Vadi’s work to life.

Click for the audiobook

  • Do you like the theory?

    Want to know how to research, how to train, or how to write about historical martial arts?

    Theory and Practice 
  • Do you want step-by-step instructions?

    Choose to learn rapier or longsword from a workbook with video links. Make notes as you learn with these specially designed books.

  • Interested in the original treatises?

    See facsimiles of original sources, translations and Guy's interpretations.

    Treatises, translations, and academic interpretations 
  • Medieval Longsword

    Are you madly medieval? Check out the medieval combat collection!

  • Renaissance Rapier

    Do you rave about the rapier? Learn Renaissance Italian martial arts, including the rapier fencing of Ridolfo Capoferro.

  • Video Courses

    Do you learn best from video? Check out Swordschool's extensive selection of online courses.

    Online courses 

Hardbacks and Facsimiles

Fill your bookshelf with beautiful hardback editions of Guy's works and affordable facsimiles of Vadi and Fiore.


Learn Armizare or Rapier in these practical ring-bound workbooks, available in left-handed and right-handed versions, to make note-taking easy.


All e-books are delivered instantly by email from BookFunnel for you to read on whichever device you like.

Bundles and Box Sets


From medieval sword and buckler to the elegant smallsword, and most weapons in between: showcasing famous women in the historical martial arts. Walpurgis? Lady Agnes? La Maupin? absolutely. And now including La Chevalière d'Eon.

And The Sword Guy podcast and Sword People community shirts too!

Latest News: 7 June '24


and greetings from Helsinki, where I’m writing this after a marvellous weekend teaching two seminars for Auri Poso’s (of episode 131 of the podcast) Gladiolus School of Arms. On Saturday we spent many hours marinating in sweat (it’s extraordinarily warm here: the temperature inside the hall got well into the mid-30s (Centigrade), which is like 100 degrees for Finns). The goal was to improve everyone’s freeplay skills, or rather, give them the tools to improve their skills themselves over the coming months.

As it happened, I went climbing the week before, and coming down off the wall in a perfectly normal fashion, managed to sprain a couple of ligaments in my lower back. It was ridiculous, actually. I got into position to start a climb that I’ve done before, changed my mind about making the first move (the hardest bit of the whole route), and put my feet back on the floor. Then went and lay down for a while with my back screaming at me. Absurd, but bodies do that kind of thing occasionally. Fortunately I had a session booked with Eki (of Fysio Sakura, in Helsinki) to follow up on my knee issue (which he seems to have fixed in our first session back in February), and we spent the full hour on my lower back instead.

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