Publications from BFHS Members

The following is a list of publications that have been either produced by the BFHS or by BFHS members.

There are many publications available for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), however their quality in both content and production varies greatly.

High quality HEMA work is produced throughout Europe, including the UK, and North America, but this section only lists the work of BFHS members. Members of the BFHS abide to the Code of Conduct, standards and requirements of the BFHS. This does not refect upon the quality of other publications, but if you are looking at other work then it is advised that you seek reviews from several different sources.

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Translation by Phil Crawley (Black Boar)

Emile Maitrot was a highly accomplished all-round sportsman who used his experience as a professional boxing professor and Defense dans la Rue instructor to write this very practical self-defence manual.

First published in France during the early 1900s this manual provides its readers with insights into combining English pugilism with French savate and Japanese jiu-jitsu alongside the effective use of weapons such as the truncheon and walking stick, counters to the common "dirty tricks" used by the Apache gangs and advice on defensive techniques specifically for women.

Translated into English for the first time this manual gives a fascinating insight into an often overlooked aspect of the past useful for martial artists, reenactors and historians alike.

Authors: E Maitrot, P Crawley (translator)
Format: Paperback, 77 pages, 23.4 x 15.6cm, B&W
ISBN: 978-0-9564871-7-9
Published by Wyvern Media
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Book by Dr. Milo Thurston (Linacre School of Defence)

Sir William Hope's New, Short and Easy Method of Fencing represents a system by which a gentleman of the early 18th century might learn to defend himself with those swords commonly available to him, such as the small-sword. This book presents for the modern reader a curriculum for studying Sir William's idiosyncratic, yet effective, system for fighting with that weapon. Included also are some notes upon the spadroon as well as a discussion of techniques in his earlier work, The Sword-Man's Vade Mecum.

Author: Milo Thurston
Format: Paperback, 133 pages, 23.4 x 15.6cm, B&W
ISBN: 978-0-9564871-6-2
Published by Wyvern Media
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Translation by Phil Crawley (Black Boar)

Born in 1836 Georges Dubois was an expert all-round martial artist. As a result of developing an interest in Jiujitsu he wrote this book on practical self-defence intended to demonstrate techniques and advice that anyone, young and old, male or female, skilled or unskilled, could apply in an era where violent attacks by thugs were common.

Authors: G Dubois, P Crawley (translator)
Format: Paperback, 118 pages, 23.4 x 15.6cm, B&W
ISBN: 978-0-9564871-5-5
Published by Wyvern Media
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Journal edited by Mark Hillyard (Academie Glorianna)

The journal for the discerning and gentle practitioner. Containing diverse papers on the native European Arts and Sciences of Defence.
ISBN: 978-0-9564871-4-8
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Book by Phil Crawley (Black Boar Swordsmanship School)

This book, first published in 1899, shows a number of blows and defences which are practical for both the highly-trained sportsman and the ordinary person who has an interest in self-defence in the street to be used in addition to the techniques shown in Andre's 1898 "The Art of Self Defence in the Street- with or without weapons".

This book consists of two parts - "Attacks and defences used instead of French boxing" and "All-in wrestling" - as well as additional notes on Jiujitsu for women, restorative massage (Kuatsu) and a chapter by the champion wrestler, boxer and fencer George Dubois.

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Book by David Casserly (Academie Glorianna)

At the height of the English Civil War, having failed in his siege of Lathom House, Roundhead Colonel Alexander Rigby marched his forces into Bolton early on the morning of Tuesday 28 May 1644, narrowly beating the advance guard of Prince Rupert’s forces to the town. Colonel Tillier, commander of the advance guard, summoned up the Prince’s full army, and Bolton swiftly became the scene of one of the bloodiest massacres of the conflict.

Massacre: The Storming of Bolton chronicles, in rich detail, the events leading up to the storming of Bolton and the catastrophic consequences for a number of its combatants. Setting the scene, author David Casserly describes the beginning of the Civil War and the struggle for dominance and support within the Lancashire hundreds, before recording the derivative effects of the Bolton Massacre on the remainder of the conflict. James Stanley, Earl of Derby, as the leading royalist in the county, swiftly becomes the main protagonist and Casserly expertly highlights how his incompetence and military ineptitude contributed to the ultimate fall of Lancashire to the Parliamentarian forces.

The loyalty, tactics and decisions of Royalist and Roundhead alike are soundly challenged by Casserly, with the ultimate price paid by a number of men recorded with fitting dignity or disdain, depending on the circumstance. Massacre: The Storming of Bolton is a comprehensive account of the part Lancashire and its main protagonists played in a period that tore England apart.

ISBN 978-1848-68976-3

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Book by Chris Stride (School of Traditional Medieval Fencing)

This book will provide an opportunity to study the martial system behind the Art that is medieval German longsword, as taught by Johannes Liechtenauer in the mid 14 th Century and glossed by Sigmund Ringeck the Elder (c 1502). The contents include a brief explanation of medieval training practices, followed by a detailed description of the late medieval longsword, including an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the various training simulators available.

The book then covers Liechtenauer's five Maisterhaw and the four Guards, including Ringeck's additional static positions. These are expanded in considerable detail, explaining the proper stance, weight distribution and movement involved, as well as the strengths and weaknesses inherent in each element. This is combined with vitally important martial principles necessary to provide a new scholar with a fundamental understanding of the Art. 17 additional illustrations further clarify the text, with the intention of providing the reader with a comprehensive martial grounding before attempting more complex techniques.

ISBN: 978-0-9564871-1-7

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Book by Phil Crawley (Black Boar Swordsmanship School)

This is an English language translation of the 1937 edition of Emile Andre's "The Art of Self Defence in the Street with or without Weapons", first published in Paris by Ernest Flammarion in 1910. It is a summary of the most effective techniques from French boxing, wrestling, cane and baton fencing, knife and dagger play, and special consideration is given to specific types of street attack. It also contains advice on the use of various other weapons as well as the revolver and automatic pistol.

ISBN: 9781471023361

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Journal edited by Mark Hillyard (Academie Glorianna)

The journal for the discerning and gentle practitioner. Containing diverse papers on the native European Arts and Sciences of Defence.
ISBN: 978-0-9564-8712-4
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