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  Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng, January 1, 2010, "The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: A Facsimile ..."
Chivalry Bookshelf ISBN-10: 1891448382 - Entitled "The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: A Facsimile & Translation of Europe's Oldest Personal Combat Treatise, Royal Armouries MS I.33", Jointly Published with the British Royal Armouries, Forgeng presents the text which represents the earliest known text on swordsmanship anywhere in the world. Royal Armouries MS I.33 presents a system of combat that is sophisticated and demonstrates the diffusion of fighting arts beyond the military classes. Within the manuscripts richly illustrated full-color illustrations lie still-potent demonstrates of sword techniques, surprisingly shown by a Priest and Scholar.
  Paul Wagner, Stephen Hand, February 1, 2004, "Medieval Art of Sword & Shield: ... MS I.33"
Chivalry Bookshelf ISBN-10: 1891448439 - Medieval Art of Sword & Shield: The Combat System of Royal Armouries MS I.33 authored by Paul Wagner & Stephen Hand of the Stoccata School of Defence, Sydney, have studied the manuscript for five years, working to unlock its intriguing secrets. What emerges is a complex system of civilian sword and buckler combat (including wrestling).All of the I.33 techniques are presented here with clear text are presented with more than 400 photographic illustrations, a complet martial arts system useful for historical martial artists, reenactors, SCA combatants, or any student of medieval military history.
  Edited by Jared Kirby, May 1, 2004, "Italian Rapier Combat - Ridolfo Capo Ferro"
Greenhill Books ISBN:1-853675-80-6 - A presentation of possibly the world's most influential fencing treatises published in 1610 as Gran Simvlacro Dell'Arte e dell'Vso della Scherma by Ridolfo Capo Ferro, complete with images of original illustrations and text. 147 pages, hardcover, 43 original illustrations.
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  Christian H. Tobler, 2002, "Secrets of German Medieval Swordmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's..."
Chivalry Bookshelf ISBN:1-891448-07-2 - Entitled "Secrets of German Medieval Swordmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's Commentaries on Liechtenauer's Verse", the publication is a translation and interpretation of Ringeck's Commentaries on Liechtenauer's cryptic verses. 416 pages, hardcover, 800 illustrative photographs used to visually interpret the verses.
  Grzegorz Zabinski, Bartlomiej Walczak, July 2002, "Codex Wallerstein: A Medieval Fighting Book..."
Paladin Press ISBN: 1-58160-339-8 - Entitled "Codex Wallerstein: A Medieval Fighting Book from the Fifteenth Century on the Longsword, Falchion, Dagger, and Wrestling", the publication is a translation and interpretation of a fechtbuch originaly written in High Middle German depicting longsword, falchion and dagger, as well as the complete system of wrestling techniques. 221 pages, hardcover, original illustrations in B&W, original High Middle German text and English translations.
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  Luca Porzio (Translator), March 1, 2002, "Arte Gladitoria: 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Fillipo Vadi"
Chivalry Bookshelf ISBN: 1-89144-816-1 - A translation of Filippo Vadi's treatise, working in the tradition of earlier swordmasters both in Italy and abroad, created this treatise around the 3rd quarter of the 15th century. It closely follows the renowned Italian master Fiore dei Liberi.

Bibliography/Citations and Supporting Documents:

Steve Hick, 2001, "Italian Fencing Manuals courtesy of Steve Hick
A bibliography/citations of Italian fencing manuscripts that include references in contemporary books. It has since been modified and enhanced with links to the some of the known sources.

  1. fechtbuch n German word for "fight book".
  2. WMA = Western Martial Arts.
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