Rob Runacres

Rob Runacres

Rob Runacres is a historical researcher and fencer, and his main passions are for rapier and sidesword styles spanning the mid-sixteenth to late seventeenth centuries. He has taught a variety of workshops, alongside other leading instructors, in Europe and the United States. The main historical masters he studies are François Dancie, Girolamo Cavalcabo, Pedro De Heredia, and Giovanni dall’Agocchie. He has translated a number of French treatises, including L’Espée de Combat (Dancie, 1623); Treatise or Instruction for Fencing (Girolamo Cavalcabo 1597), and Le Maistre D’Arme Liberal (Besnard, 1653).

Currently, Rob is working on his PhD, entitled Fencing Instruction and Practice in the Entourage of the Dauphin and Beyond; the Influence of the Bolognese Fencer, Girolamo Cavalcabo. Aside from teaching, research and competitions, Rob is half of the “Alte Herren” HEMA video blog, with Hans Jornlind.


We are well into the layout stage for the new book by Rob Runacres: “Book of Lessons”, a translation of the manuscript attributed to Pedro de Heredia. It will be our first luxury publication, in hardback with colour throughout, and we are very excited to see how it turns out!
We don’t have a firm date for publication yet, but things are moving in the right direction, and we would be very upset if the book is not available in print at some point this year.

Books by Rob Runacres