Southpaw's thread got me interested in the whole HEMA thing again. I'm looking at schools and wondering what the difference between German Longsword and Bolognese sidesword are. The school I am looking at actually do both and have separate classes for each art. (No point in posting links as there's little info in the Queen's ). Longsword is two handed and sidesword one, right? But what about other differences? I'm sure there's a different approach or strategy or something. The group I am looking at seem to kit up and smack each other about a bit, which I am looking for. There is also a "rapier school" that is kinda well known, but they don't seem to ruck much. I think they mostly use Fiore dei Liberi’s Art of Arms as a source.