Joachim Meyer’s A Thorough Description of the Art of Fencing (1570) – Following the writings of master Johannes Liechtenauer, we have one of his disciples in Kunst de Fechtens (Art of Fencing). This treatise, well known for being rather complete as well as complementary to all of the weapons taught, is also known for its vast array of weapons and their diverse uses. Among these it covers Longsword, Sidesword, Dussack, Dagger and Polearms.
Ridolfo Capo Ferro’s The Great Simulation of the Art and Use of Fencing (1610) – A treatise focusing on the Rapier following the Italian tradition. Both the sword type and the treatise found great popularity back in their time – which parallels its popularity nowadays. The treatise itself covers not only the use of the single Rapier, but also its many companions like the main gauche Dagger, Cloak and Rotella.
Charles Roworth’s The Art of Defence on Foot (1798 – 1824) – Manual used by the British military during the Napoleonic period. It was first published in 1798 with a second edition later that year. In 1804 another edition was published with the work being revised and improved. Lastly in 1824, there was a north American re-print of the same work published in 1804. Considering it was a manual aimed at the use of the Military Sabre on foot, it not only covers this weapon (both light and heavy cavalry sabres) but others such as the Broadsword and the Spadroon. The system itself is a continuation of the Highland Broadsword tradition, improved and adapted to the weapons that followed it and were popular during the period.