Publications

Books

Hand, Stephen (editor) 2003, SPADA: The Journal of Swordplay Symposium International. Vol. 1, Chivalry Bookshelf, Union City, California.

Hand, Stephen (editor) 2005, SPADA II, Chivalry Bookshelf, Dallas Texas

Hand, Stephen 2006, English Swordsmanship: The True Fight of George Silver, Volume I: Single Sword, Chivalry Bookshelf, Dallas, Texas

Hand, Stephen in press, English Swordsmanship: The True Fight of George Silver, Volume II: Sword and Dagger/Buckler, Chivalry Bookshelf, Dallas, Texas

Hand, Stephen in Press, Swordplay in the Age of Shakespeare Freelance Academy Press, Chicago, Illinois

Wagner, Paul 2002, Pictish Warrior: AD 279-841, Osprey Publishing, Oxford

Wagner, Paul & Hand, Stephen, 2003, Medieval Sword and Shield: The Combat System of Royal Armouries MS I.33. Chivalry Bookshelf, Union City, California

Wagner, Paul with Hand, Stephen and Hillyard, Mark 2003, Master of Defence: The Works of George Silver. Paladin Press, Boulder, Colorado

Wagner, Paul & Rector, Mark 2004, Highland Broadsword. Chivalry Bookshelf, Union City, California

Articles and Scholarly Papers

Hand, Stephen 1997, Saviolo, His Annotated Practice in Hammerterz Forum Vol. 3 (4) & Vol. 4 (1) pp. 32-36

Hand, Stephen 1998, The Practical Saviolo, Part II in Hammerterz Forum Vol. 4 (2) pp. 15-19

Hand, Stephen 1998, The Practical Saviolo, Part III in Hammerterz Forum Vol. 4 (3&4) pp. 13-18

Hand, Stephen 1998, A Matter of Time in Hammerterz Forum Vol. 5 (1) pp. 11-14

Hand, Stephen 1998, The Practical Saviolo, Part IV in Hammerterz Forum Vol. 5 (1) pp. 15-20

Hand, Stephen 1999, The Annotated Saviolo: Who is this Guy Anyway in Hammerterz Forum Vol. 5 (2&3) pp. 15-21

Hand, Stephen 2002, How to Use a Large Shield. in The Fight Master Vol. XXV (1) pp. 7-10

Hand, Stephen 2003, Counterattacks with opposition: The influence of weapon form, in Hand, Stephen (editor), SPADA: The Journal of Swordplay Symposium International. Vol. 1, Chivalry Bookshelf, Union City, California.

Hand, Stephen 2005, The importance of Principles over Technique, in Price, Brian (ed.) Teaching and Interpreting Historical Swordsmanship, Chivalry Bookshelf, Union City, California.

Hand, Stephen 2005, Re-interpretation of some aspects of the sword and buckler system of manuscript I.33 in Hand, Stephen (editor), SPADA II, Chivalry Bookshelf, Dallas Texas

The Highland Coutn

History

Despite common perception, armour was in fact not uncommon in the Highlands up until the 17th century, at least for the elite of the clan warriors. There are a number of written references describing Highland armour:

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English Knife Fighting - The Alehouse Dagger

By Paul Wagner

June 2015

It is a curiosity that British fencing sources are all but devoid of instructions on knife or dagger fighting. Continental medieval and renaissance sources generally spend a considerable time on defence from the dagger, both with a dagger and unarmed, yet no British source even mentions it, apart from a very brief and rather unsatisfactory chapter in Silver’s Brief Instructions, and Newcastle’s bold (and unrealised) claim that “Heer also I will shewe you howe a dagger by this methode, shall beate anye Sorde, pike, halberte, or partesan, or anye two handed weapons.”1

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Converting a Shinai Into a Spadone

Coming into 2015 we were looking at running classes on Spadone, and we needed a simple affordable simulator that students could train with. Whilst we could have used wooden batons, the ability to them in antagonistic drills would be limited. Enter the humble shinai which with a little bit of work can be turned into an acceptable simulator suitable for antagonistic drills.

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Constructing a Basket Hilted Shinai

Why a shinai?

The "singlestick" or "cudgel" was a traditional training tool for the practice of English backsword, as well as being a weapon in its own right. Sporting singlesticks were made from light ash saplings, kept soaking in a trough of water to keep them flexible, and given leather or wicker basket-hilts. Armour consisted of a masked fencing helmet for the face and head, a long-sleeved leather jacket or padded coat, covered with a thigh-length leather apron or bib for the body and cricket pads for the legs. Earlier cudgels were made of solid wood and the only protective equipment used was "the old North-country prayer (beautifully terse), 'God, spare our eyes!'".

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Vader's Paradoxes Of The Force

P A R A D O X E S
O F T H E F O R C E,

Wherein is proved the truth
of the Dark Side of the Force, and that in the Fight with Light
Sabre, that the Red blade hath advantage of other colours.
And the weakenesse and imperfection of the Jedi displayed.

by Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith.

The Epistile Dedicatorie.

To the right honorable, my singular good lord, Palpatine, Darth Sidius, High Chancellor, Emperor of the Galaxy, Lord of the Sith.

Lightsabres (Right honorable) in this new fangled age, is like our fashions, every day a change, resembling the Bothan Spy, who altereth himself into all colours save white: so Lightsabres changeth into all colours save the right.

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Stoccata Coruscant proudly presents a rare collection of manuals on the art of the Lightsabre, from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

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