Side-sword from Kvetun Armoury
Sidesword appears at the end of the XV century and represents the development of arming sword toward greater protection of the hilt. The emergence of additional protective elements contributed to the popularization of weapons in the civilian environment and the development of unsuccessful fencing as an element of self-defense. Improved protection of the brush allowed more active use of the sword to parry and use a much larger arsenal of techniques than with the usual one-handed sword. Treatises dedicated to this sword are most vividly represented by the masters of the Bologna school of fencing in the first half of the 16th century.
Sources on the use of such swords
- Opera Nova by Achille Marozzo (1536, 1568)
- Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica by Paulus Hector Mair (1540)
- Trattato di Scientia d'Arme, con vn Dialogo di Filosofia by Camillo Agrippa (1553)
- Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens by Joachim Meyer (1570)
- Les secrets du premier livre sur l'espée seule by Henry de Sainct Didier (1573)