Higgins Armory Sword Guild

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The Higgins Armory Sword Guild studies, demonstrates, and teaches martial arts techniques of the Middle Ages and Renaissance at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester MA, USA. Working from original treatises of the period, the Sword Guild recreates combat arts ranging from knightly armored combat to the Renaissance rapier and dagger, with additional study of forms as diverse as Viking axe and American Civil War saber.

Celebrating 10 Years of Swordplay and Scholarship 1999-2009

An on-line slide show of 10 years of Guild activities may be seen here.
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About the Guild For Guild Members
and prospective members
For Museum Visitors
and Guests
About the Guild
  • who we are and what we do

Publications by Guild Members

  • recent books and publications by Guild members

Weapons and Time Periods

  • weapons forms studied and practiced by Guild members, with brief video clips

On-Line Library

  • interpretations of historical combat techniques

  • historical treatise facsimiles

  • illustrations from the treatises

Historical Combat Classes
  • training in historical combat offered by the Guild

  • an introduction to the Academy of the Sword program

Guild Meeting Schedule

  • practice sessions

  • reading sessions


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Guild Demonstration Schedule
  • demonstrations of historical combat at Higgins Armory Museum and other venues

Guild Photo Album

  • photos and videos of demonstrations


Text and translations ©2001-2011 Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng
Images and HTML code ©2001-2011 William R. Short
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last update: 28-June-2011
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This site is not authorized by nor affiliated with Higgins Armory Museum.
For more information about the museum and its programs, please refer to the Higgins Armory Museum web site.