I find research to be a fascinating part of my HEMA journey. Reading old source material to improve my understanding of fencing methods and the context in which these methods were used is a pleasure, and quite eye-opening. Putting two and two together to reach new conclusions, based on evidence, can be quite a lot of fun!
I have written and edited a number of books on the subjects of HEMA and history, and have also published some video training courses. I have written blog articles as well as other articles for journals, magazines, and general public outreach. I have also made available my translations and transcriptions of source material, and the results of various surveys and interviews that I have conducted.
Of course, I always welcome donations to help fund my research efforts!
Gloss of Liechtenauer’s longsword by Sigmund ain Ringeck
Surveys & Interviews
Survey – Features of HEMA Events
Interviews – The Importance of Books in the HEMA Community
Interviews – Studying HEMA: the Messer
Video Training Courses
Flourishes in the German longsword sources (at Teachable)
Longsword warming up & technical exercises (at Teachable)
Introduction to Indian clubs (at Teachable)
I have published several books through Fallen Rook Publishing, mainly on the subjects of history and martial arts, and enjoy making my research available.
I believe that physical books are an important medium for recording and transmitting information, often more so than anything electronic; an ebook or a website may just disappear one day, but a paperback or hardback book will continue to exist on your bookcase for years. Furthermore, a physical book can be lent and shared easily between friends or club members. Sharing a digital book can problematic, and different file formats cause other issues. Paper is one of the best file formats for sharing information, in my opinion!
My books are all available to purchase through the Fallen Rook Publishing website. The publishing house keeps every title in stock, and will dispatch items as quickly as possible after receiving an order. Additionally, I sell my books through my own online shop.