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Chivalry Bookshelf
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Status Defunct (as of ~2007)
Founded 1992
Founder Brian R. Price
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location 3305 Mayfair Lane
Highland Village, TX 75077
Nonfiction topics Historical European Martial Arts
Official website www.chivalrybookshelf.com

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 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, Tom Leoni, David Lindholm, Greg Mele, Luca Porzio, Christian Henry 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. Disputes with its authors over years of failure to pay royalties lead to a lawsuit, and the ultimate resolution included returning copyrights to its authors as well as all remaining copies of their books. Several former Chivalry authors went on to found Freelance Academy Press.


The following is an incomplete list of the books and journals by Chivalry Bookshelf, limited to publications containing treatise scans, transcriptions, translations, or peer-reviewed research.

  • Duarte (2005). The Royal Book of Jousting, Horsemanship and Knightly Combat. Trans. Antonio Franco Preto. Highland Village, TX: Chivalry Bookshelf. ISBN 978-1891448119.
  • Fabris, Salvator; Tom Leoni (2005). Art of Dueling: Salvator Fabris' Rapier Fencing Treatise of 1606. Highland Village, TX: Chivalry Bookshelf. ISBN 978-1-891448-23-2.
  • Forgeng, Jeffrey L. (2003). The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: A Facsimile & Translation of Europe's Oldest Personal Combat Treatise, Royal Armouries MS I.33 (Royal Armouries Monograph). Union City, CA: Chivalry Bookshelf. ISBN 1-891448-38-2.
  • Hick, Steve (2002). "Dom Duarte and his advice on swordsmanship." Spada: Anthology of swordsmanship 2: 65-71. Union City, CA: Chivalry Bookshelf. ISBN 978-1-891448-37-9.
  • Thibault, Gérard (2006). Academy of the Sword. Trans. John Michael Greer. Highland Village, TX: Chivalry Bookshelf. ISBN 978-1891448409.
  • Tobler, Christian Henry (2001). Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship. Union City, CA: Chivalry Bookshelf. ISBN 978-1-891448-07-2.
  • Tobler, Christian Henry (2006). In Service of the Duke: The 15th Century Fighting Treatise of Paulus Kal. Highland Village, TX: Chivalry Bookshelf. ISBN 978-1-8914482-5-6.
  • Vadi, Filippo (2002). Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi: 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Filippo Vadi. Trans. Gregory Mele and Luca Porzio. Union City, CA: Chivalry Bookshelf. ISBN 978-1891448164.