This section of the website contains a complete transcript of Joseph Swetnam’s fencing manual.  Roughly half of this document (Chapters 12 and later) was transcribed by Steve Hick and generously made available online a number of years ago.  I’ve completed the transcription with the aim of making the entirety of this unique fencing manual accessible to modern audiences.  All errors are mine.

– John Hopson


A full transcript of Swetnam’s book, “The Schoole of the Noble and Worth Science of Defence”, can be found here.


A PDF scan of the original book can be found here.