A chronology of the books by D.A. Kinsley (version 3)

D.A. Kinsley is a researcher and author who has been of tremendous service to the HEMA community. His area of interest is that of first-hand accounts of British military engagements and civilian encounters during the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and his published works have compiled thousands of these first-hand accounts.

These compilations are immensely valuable for researchers and practitioners of historical fencing, as they provide primary sources to describe the use and effects of the swords that we study, along with significant amounts of context and supporting information to guide our study and understanding of our subject.

D.A. Kinsley has been extremely industrious in collecting and publishing these accounts, and this has led to a rather confusing chronology of his books as they come into print and then go out of print, becoming available or unavailable at the drop of a hat.

Personally, I am interested in how all of Kinsley’s books fit together in sequence, since the edition and version numbers appear to be somewhat arbitrary and are not straight-forward. Since in my own work I will doubtless be citing the book by Kinsley that is on my shelf (and probably others in the future!), I wanted to be able to provide a correct bibliographic information for it – but because it is the first book with that particular name, yet supposedly third in a series, that poses a problem that is not easy to solve!

At least if the chronology of his works could be set out in a blog article somewhere, then it would be possible to look at that article and timeline and work out exactly how best to cite any of his books in a bibliography. My intention is to do exactly this task in this blog article, and to suggest a possible bibliographic reference for each of the books mentioned.


Version History

My first attempt at creating this chronology was posted to Encased in Steel on the 9th of October 2015.

I posted a second, updated version to Encased in Steel on 5th February 2016.

This current article is now the third version, since D.A. Kinsley has published yet more new work since then.


Bibliography

One of the problems with trying to indicate exactly what version of any given work you have used in your own research is trying to work out what edition number belongs with each book.

For example, Kinsley described the book that I currently possess, Swordsmen of the British Empire (April 2013), as the “3rd revised and enlarged edition (2013) of the British sword fighters series”. However, it was only the second volume by that name (the first published in October(?) 2009), and unconnected with the first volume to bear that name. However, the name of the series is not presented consistently, since Kinsley describes the most recent compilation, Sword Fighters of the British Empire (23rd August 2015), as the “4th revised and enlarged edition (2015) of the historical British sword fighting and fighters series”.

Whatever the name of the series, the major instalments seem to have been:

1) Swordsmen of the Empire (May 2010)

2) Blades of the British Empire (March 2012)

3) Swordsmen of the British Empire (April 2013, then September 2015)

4) Sword Fighters of the British Empire (July 2015, then August 2015)

5) British Sword Fighting 1600-1945 (March 2016, then June 2018)

Since there is nothing to show what books were part of which series, and no formal name given to any of the series that seem to have been described by Kinsley, it is very difficult to try and work out what edition or series information to provide for a bibliographic entry for any of these books. As a result, I would like to propose the following bibliographic entries for each book, to set up a framework for citing these works and identifying their relationships to each other. The references are based on the Chicago system, with perhaps some modifications to fit the unique problems posed by this collection of works.

I propose to mark the edition number of each book in terms of its use or reuse of its title: so the first time a title is used, that book is the 1st edition of that title; the second time the title is used, that book is the 2nd edition of that title, even if it is separated by months or years from the first use of the title.

Furthermore, I would propose “British Sword Fighters” as the formal name of the overall D.A. Kinsley series, and to mark the instalments in this series as Kinsley seems to have intended them as part 1, part 2, etc. We can then understand that both editions of Sword Fighters of the British Empire (July and August 2015) are part 4 of the series, as they are simply first and second editions of that which part 4 of the series.

These proposals should create a simple framework to allow a researcher to express exactly which of Kinsley’s books he has used in the course of his own research, and should create a bibliography as follows:


Kinsley, D.A. Sword Fighters of British India. 1st ed. Lulu, 2008.

Kinsley, D.A. Sword Fighters of British India. 2nd ed. Lulu, June 2009.

Kinsley, D.A. Swordsmen of the Raj. 1st ed. Lulu, 2009.

Kinsley, D.A. Sword Fighters of the British Empire. 1st ed. Lulu, June 2009.

Kinsley, D.A. Blades in Action. 1st ed. Lulu, April 2010.

Kinsley, D.A. Swordsmen of the Empire. 1st ed. British Sword Fighters series, part 1. Lulu, May 2010.

Kinsley, D.A. Blade Fighters. 1st ed. Lulu, October 2010.

Kinsley, D.A. British Sword Fighting. 1st ed. Lulu, November 2010.

Kinsley, D.A. Blades of Empire. 1st ed. Lulu, 2011.

Kinsley, D.A. Blades of the British Empire. 1st ed. British Sword Fighters series, part 2. Lulu, March 2012.

Kinsley, D.A. Swordsmen of the British Empire. 1st ed. British Sword Fighters series, part 3. Lulu, April 2013.

Kinsley, D.A. More Swordsmen of the British Empire. 1st ed. Lulu, March 2015.

Kinsley, D.A. Sword Fighters of the British Empire. 1st ed. British Sword Fighters series, part 4. Lulu, July 2015.

Kinsley, D.A. Blades of Britannia. 1st ed. Lulu, 7th June 2015.

Kinsley, D.A. Blades of Britannia. 2nd ed. Lulu, 8th June 2015.

Kinsley, D.A. Swordsmen of Britannia. 1st ed. Lulu, July 2015.

Kinsley, D.A. Swordsmen of Britannia. 2nd ed. Lulu, 23rd August 2015.

Kinsley, D.A. Sword Fighters of the British Empire. 2nd ed. British Sword Fighters series, part 4. Lulu, 23rd August 2015.

Kinsley, D.A. Sword Fighters of Britannia. 1st ed. Lulu, 20th January 2016.

Kinsley, D.A. British Sword Fighting 1600-1945. 1st ed. British Sword Fighters series, part 5. Lulu, 14th March 2016.

Kinsley, D.A. British Sword Fighting 1600-1945. 2nd ed. British Sword Fighters series, part 5. Lulu, 15th June 2018.

Kinsley, D.A. Bloody Blades of the British Empire. 1st ed. Lulu, 15th June 2018.


Chronology of the Titles

The title in bold is the title of the book in question, followed by the date of publication as best I can establish it. The indented titles show what previous works have been incorporated into the book in question, in an effort to show which books are updated or expanded versions of other titles, or are compilations of several previous titles, or are independent books that have not yet become part of a compilation.

I provide footnotes to show where I found my information about the dates and contents of these publications. If you have more accurate information about any of these titles, please do let me know, and I will update this list accordingly.


Sword Fighters of British India (2008)[1]

Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed][2]

Updated edition of:

Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

Swordsmen of the Raj (<October(?) 2009)[3]

Updated edition of:

Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

—— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

Sword Fighters of the British Empire (October(?) 2009)[4]

Blades in Action (April 2010)[5]

Swordsmen of the Empire (May 2010)[6]

Enlarged compilation of:

Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

—— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

Swordsmen of the Raj (<October(?) 2009)

—— Sword Fighters of the British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

—— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

Sword Fighters of the British Empire (October(?) 2009)

Blade Fighters (October 2010)[7]

Updated edition of:

Blades in Action (April 2010)

British Sword Fighting (November 2010)[8]

Enlarged compilation of:

Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

—— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

Sword Fighters of the British Empire (2009) (October(?) 2009)

—— Blades in Action (April 2010)

—— Blade Fighters (October 2010)

——— Blades in Action (April 2010)

Blades of Empire (2011)[9]

Updated edition of:

British Sword Fighting (November 2010)

—— Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

——— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

—— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (2009) (October(?) 2009)

—— Blades in Action (April 2010)

—— Blade Fighters (October 2010)

——— Blades in Action (April 2010)

Blades of the British Empire (March 2012)[10]

Updated edition of:

Blades of Empire (2011)

—— British Sword Fighting (November 2010)

——— Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

———— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

——— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (2009) (October(?) 2009)

——— Blades in Action (April 2010)

——— Blade Fighters (October 2010)

———— Blades in Action (April 2010)

Swordsmen of the British Empire (April 2013)[11]

Enlarged compilation of:

Swordsmen of the Empire (May 2010)

—— Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

——— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

—— Swordsmen of the Raj (<October(?) 2009)

——— Sword Fighters of the British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

———— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

—— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (October(?) 2009)

Blades of the British Empire (March 2012)

—— Blades of Empire (2011)

——— British Sword Fighting (November 2010)

———— Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

————— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

———— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (2009) (October(?) 2009)

———— Blades in Action (April 2010)

———— Blade Fighters (October 2010)

————— Blades in Action (April 2010)

More Swordsmen of the British Empire (March 2015)[12]

Blades of Britannia (7th June 2015)[13]

Updated edition of:

More Swordsmen of the British Empire (March 2015)

Blades of Britannia (8th June 2015) [2nd ed][14]

Updated edition of:

Blades of Britannia (7th June 2015)

—— More Swordsmen of the British Empire (March 2015)

Sword Fighters of the British Empire (July 2015)[15]

Updated edition of:

Swordsmen of the British Empire (April 2013)

—— Swordsmen of the Empire (May 2010)

——— Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

———— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

——— Swordsmen of the Raj (<October(?) 2009)

———— Sword Fighters of the British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

———— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

——— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (October(?) 2009)

—— Blades of the British Empire (March 2012)

——— Blades of Empire (2011)

———— British Sword Fighting (November 2010)

————— Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

—————— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

————— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (2009) (October(?) 2009)

————— Blades in Action (April 2010)

————— Blade Fighters (October 2010)

—————— Blades in Action (April 2010)

Swordsmen of Britannia (July 2015)[16]

Updated edition of:

Blades of Britannia (8th June 2015) [2nd ed]

—— Blades of Britannia (7th June 2015)

——— More Swordsmen of the British Empire (March 2015)

Swordsmen of Britannia (23rd August 2015) [2nd ed][17]

Updated edition of:

Swordsmen of Britannia (July 2015)

—— Blades of Britannia (8th June 2015) [2nd ed]

——— Blades of Britannia (7th June 2015)

———— More Swordsmen of the British Empire (March 2015)

Sword Fighters of the British Empire (23rd August 2015) [2nd ed][18]

Compilation of:

— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (July 2015)

—— Swordsmen of the British Empire (April 2013)

——— Swordsmen of the Empire (May 2010)

———— Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

————— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

———— Swordsmen of the Raj (<October(?) 2009)

————— Sword Fighters of the British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

————— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

———— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (October(?) 2009)

—— Blades of the British Empire (March 2012)

——— Blades of the British Empire (March 2012)

———— Blades of Empire (2011)

————— British Sword Fighting (November 2010)

—————— Sword Fighters of British India (June 2009) [2nd ed]

——————— Sword Fighters of British India (2008)

—————— Sword Fighters of the British Empire (2009) (October(?) 2009)

—————— Blades in Action (April 2010)

—————— Blade Fighters (October 2010)

——————— Blades in Action (April 2010)

Swordsmen of Britannia (23rd August 2015) [2nd ed]

—— Swordsmen of Britannia (July 2015)

——— Blades of Britannia (8th June 2015) [2nd ed]

———— Blades of Britannia (7th June 2015)

————— More Swordsmen of the British Empire (March 2015)

Sword Fighters of Britannia (20th January 2016)[19]

Enlarged compilation of:

Swordsmen of Britannia (23rd August 2015) [2nd ed]

—— Blades of Britannia (8th June 2015) [2nd ed]

——— Blades of Britannia (7th June 2015)

———— More Swordsmen of the British Empire (March 2015)

British Sword Fighting 1600-1945 (14th March 2016)[20]

Compilation of everything so far.

British Sword Fighting 1600-1945 (15th June 2018) [2nd ed][21]

Updated compilation (of everything so far).

Bloody Blades of the British Empire (15th June 2018)[22]


Footnotes to this Article

[1] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?90602-Sword-Fighters-of-British-India (July 2008)

[2] http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sword-Fighters-British-India-Kinsley/dp/0578026031/

[3] http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14019 (November 2009)

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?103131-Article-On-The-After-Blow&highlight=kinsley (October 2010)

[4] http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14193 (December 2009)

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?103131-Article-On-The-After-Blow&highlight=kinsley (October 2010)

[5] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?90602-Sword-Fighters-of-British-India&p=1139576#post1139576 (January 2011)

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?100571-quot-Blades-In-Action-quot-by-D-A-Kinsley (April 2010)

[6] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?90602-Sword-Fighters-of-British-India&p=1139188#post1139188 (January 2011)

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?90602-Sword-Fighters-of-British-India&p=1139721#post1139721 (January 2011)

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?100571-quot-Blades-In-Action-quot-by-D-A-Kinsley&p=1116965#post1116965 (May 2010)

[7] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?90602-Sword-Fighters-of-British-India&p=1139576#post1139576 (January 2011)

[8] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?90602-Sword-Fighters-of-British-India&p=1139576#post1139576 (January 2011)

http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14019&hilit=british+sword+fighting#p268076 (November 2010)

http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17656#p286631 (September 2011)

[9] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?90602-Sword-Fighters-of-British-India&p=1139188#post1139188 (January 2011)

http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17656#p286622 (September 2011)

[10] http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=20000&p=322360&hilit=2012#p327144 (September 2013)

http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=19353 (October 2012)

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?108456-Blades-of-the-British-Empire (March 2012)

[11] http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=19999 (April 2013)

The same edition of the book was republished on 16th September 2015, merely as a “replacement file due to a printer’s corruption of the original file, resulting in the new date of publication”, not a new edition.

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1217891#post1217891

[12] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1210143#post1210143 (March 2015)

[13] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1212440#post1212440 (June 2015)

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1212458#post1212458 (June 2015)

[14] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1212458#post1212458 (June 2015)

[15] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1213652#post1213652 (July 2015)

[16] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1213474#post1213474 (July 2015)

http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1213652#post1213652 (July 2015)

[17] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1214121#post1214121 (August 2015)

[18] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1214121#post1214121 (August 2015)

[19] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&p=1215532#post1215532 (January 2016)

[20] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&s=6543552104d5a83732f4ead0b17c3d45&p=1218790#post1218790 (March 2016)

[21] http://www.lulu.com/shop/d-a-kinsley/british-sword-fighting-1600-1945/paperback/product-23684333.html

[22] http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?116059-Just-when-you-thought-there-would-be-no-quot-more-quot&s=6543552104d5a83732f4ead0b17c3d45&p=1231673#post1231673 (June 2018)

Keith Farrell

Keith Farrell teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events (why not hire me to teach at your event?), and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers.

I have authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the award-winning AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and maintain a blog at www.keithfarrell.net where I post regularly.