Chivalry Bookshelf was a major publisher of Historical European Martial Arts literature, offering a number of popular titles by prominent practitioners and particularly well-known for its publication of high-quality color reproductions of several fencing manuals.
Chivalry Bookshelf was organized in 1992 by Brian Price as the publisher of Chronique, the Journal of Chivalry, a quarterly magazine that published articles of interest to Medieval reenactors; it would run until it was overshadowed by book projects in 1999. In 2003 it launched SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship, which was intended to be an academic journal dedicated to HEMA research. A second issue was published in 2005, but after that the project was apparently abandoned.
Beginning in 1996, Chivalry published books on subjects related to HEMA, including translations and interpretive expositions of a number of fencing manuals. Its authors included Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng, Stephen Hand, Tommaso Leoni, David Lindholm, Gregory Mele, Luca Porzio, Christian Tobler, and Guy Windsor. Chivalry also acted as U.S. distributor for Agilitas.tv's HEMA titles, including The Longsword of Johannes Liechtenauer, Part I and Leibringen: Introduction to Medieval Wrestling.
Chivalry has published no new titles since 2006, and the bulk of its existing catalog is now out of print. There have been rumors of disputes with its authors about copyright and royalties, but no official explanation for its cessation of operations has ever been offered.
- "The Sword in Two Hands by Brian Price" review wan. The Armour Archive Forum. Retrieved 20 February 2011.