The Art of Defence on Foot, 1798


Roworth’s book The Art of Defence on Foot is a simple system for the broadsword or sabre. His instructions are clear and the book works well for beginners.

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About The Art of Defence on Foot, 1798

In 1798, Charles Roworth published his first edition of The Art of Defence on Foot with the Broadsword and Sabre, uniting the Scotch and Austrian methods into one Regular System. Although not a fencing master himself, Roworth’s book provides an easy-to-follow system for a student of the broadsword or sabre. His instructions are clear and presume no prior knowledge of the sword; the book works well for beginners, yet even experienced swordsmen will benefit from Roworth’s explanations of and rationales for techniques.

This facsimile has been recreated from the original treatise owned by the Academy of Historical Arts in Glasgow. Each page has been photographed carefully and edited to provide an exacting reproduction of the highest quality. Additionally, the work includes a biography of Charles Roworth by Keith Farrell, and a brief essay by Ben Kerr on the Long-S character found within the original printed text.

Book Details

– Original Author: Charles Roworth
– Facsimile Creator: Ben Kerr
– Facsimile Editor: Keith Farrell
– Essay Contributor: Ben Kerr
– Essay Contributor: Keith Farrell
– Facsimile Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
– Date of Publication: 14th October 2014
– ISBN: 978-0-9926735-2-9
– Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
– Pages: 148
– Height: 20.99 cm
– Width: 14.81 cm
– Language: English

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • The Long ‘S’
  • A Brief Biography of Charles Roworth
  • The Art of Defence on Foot
    • Part 1 – Practice at the Target
    • Part 2 – Practice with Antagonist
    • Application of the Point
    • Appendix
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 where I post regularly.