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We have put together a list of books that may be of value for research, general interest or training. 
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Arms and Armour     Michele Byam
Arms and ArmourFrederick Wilkinson
Art & Science of FencingNick Evangelista
Arte of Defence     William Wilson
Art of Dueling     Tommaso Leoni
By the Sword      Richard Cohen
FencingAllan Skipp
Fencing: A renaissance Treatise     Camillo Agrippa
History of ChivalryKottenkamp
His True Art of DefenceDiGrassi
His PractiseVincentio Saviolo
Historic Swordsmanship     Brian R Price
Knighly Arts of Combat     David Lindholm & Peter Svard
Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts     John Clements
Medieval Combat     Hans Talhoffer
Medieval Sword FightingJohn Clements
Paradoxes of DefenceGeorge Silver
Renaissance Sword FightingJohn Clements
Schools and Masters of Fencing    Egerton Castle
SPADA No 1
SPADA No 2
Swords and Hilt WeaponsVarious
The Book of the SwordRichard Burton
The Deadliest Men      Paul Kirchner
The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe       Sydney Anglo
The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship     Jeffrey L Forgeng
The Modern SwordsmanFred Hutchinson
The Science of Fencing      William M. Gaugler
The Secret History of the Sword       J. Christoph Amberger
The Sentiment of the SwordSir Richard Burton
The Sword and the Centuries     Alfred Hutton
Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques     William R Short
Warrior Cults    Paul Elliot
Weapon     Royal Armouries Museum

Military History (pre 1600)

A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry     Geoffroi De Charny
BattleR G Grant
Celtic Warriors     Tim Newark
Castle     Christopher Gravett
English Medieval Knight 1200 - 1300     Christopher Gravett
English Medieval Knight 1300 - 1400     Christopher Gravett
English Medieval Knight 1400 - 1500     Christopher Gravett
English Castles 1200 - 1300     Christopher Gravett
Hastings     Peter Poyntz Wright
Icelanders in the Viking Age    William R Short  
Knight     Christopher Gravett
Knights     Andrea Hopkins
Knights     Constance Brittain Bouchard
Knights     Michael Prestwich
Medieval Warfare Source Book     David Nicolle
Scottish Baronial Castles 1250 - 1450     Michael Brown
The Art of Renaissance Warfare     Stephen Turnbull
The Book of the Medieval Knight     Stephen Turnbull
The Crusaders Warriors of God
The English Castle     John Goodall
The First Crusade     Thomas Asbridge
The Illustrated Book of Heraldry    
The Mongol Warlords     David Nicolle
The Templars     Michael Haag
The Templars     Piers Paul Read
Warfare in the Ancient World     General Sir John Hackett
Warriors of Christendom     J Matthews & B Stewart

Japanese Swords & Armour

Armaments in the Collection of Osaka Castle Museum
Encylopedia of Japanese Swords (In Japanese)
Japanese Military SwordsR Gregory
Japanese Sword BladesAlfred Dobree
Japanese Armour (In Japanese)
Japanese SwordsNobuo Ogasawara
Japanese Swords in the WA MuseumGeorge Trotter
Laminating Techniques in Japanese Swords W. M. Hawley
Military Swords of JapanFuller & Gregory
Japanese Master Swordsmiths: The Gassan TraditionMorihiro Ogawa
Japanese Swords     Colin M Roach
Japanese Swords in the British Museum     Victor Harris
Japanese Sword TermsW. M. Hawley
Katana: The Samurai Sword     Stephen Turnbull
Samurai: Arms, Armour and CostumesMitsuo Kure
Samurai The weapons and Spirit of the Japanese Warrior     Clive Sinclaire
The Arts of the Japanese SwordB W Robinson
The Craft of the Japanese SwordKapp, Kapp & Yoshihara
The Japanese SwordKanzan Sato
The Oshigata BookFuller & Gregory
The Samurai SwordJohn Yumoto
Tsuba: Japanese Sword Guards (In Japanese)

Japanese History/Samurai History

101 Great Samurai Prints     Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Arms and Armour of the SamuraiBottomly & Hopson
Battles of the SamuraiStephen Turnbull
BushidoJohn Newman
Castles of the Samurai     Jennifer Mitchelhill
Classical BujutsuDraeger
Early JapanJ N Leonard
Early Samurai AD 200 - 1500     Anthony J Bryant
Famous Warrior of Sixteenth Century JapanW. M. Hawley
Fugita Seiko: The Lats Koga Ninja     Phillip T Hevener
How to be a Samurai Warrior     Fiona MacDonald
JapanLonely Planet
JapanEyewitness Travel
Japan: Its History and Culture     W. Scott Morton
Japanese in 30 DaysBerlitz
Japanese Phrase book
Japanese for Busy People
Japanese MythologyJuliet Piggott
Kai Takeda 4 (1521 - 1548)     Terje Solum & Anders K Rue
Kai Takeda 4 (1549 - 1558)     Terje Solum & Anders K Rue
Mishima's Sword     Christopher Ross
Miyamoto Musashi     Kenji Tokitsu
MusahiEiji Yoshikawa
NinjaStephen Turnbull
NinjaAndrew Adams
Reading & Writing Japanese
Samurai: An Illustrated HistoryMitsuo Kure
Samurai Armies 1550-1615     Stephen Turnbull
Samurai Armies 1467-1649     Stephen Turnbull
Samurai Commanders 1    Stephen Turnbull
Samurai Commanders 2     Stephen Turnbull
Samurai Leaders     Michael Sharpe
Samurai Tales     Romulus Hillsborough
Samurai: The Japanese Warrior's Manual     Stephen Turnbull
Samurai the Cultured WarriorBarry Till
Samurai The World of the Warrior     Stephen Turnbull
Samurai WarfareStephen Turnbull
Samurai WarlordsStephen Turnbull
Samurai WarriorsStephen Turnbull
Samurai Warriors     Thomas Conlan
Secrets of the SamuraiRatti & Westbrook
Seppuku: A History of Samurai Suicide     Andrew Rankin
Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps     Romulus Hillsborough
Strongholds of the Samurai     Stephen Turnbull
TaikoEiji Yoshikawa
Tales of Samurai HonourIhara Saikaku
The Book of the SamuraiStephen Turnbull
The Last Samurai     Mark Ravina
The Lone Samurai & the M.A.Stephen Turnbull
The Lone Samurai: Miyamoto Musashi      William Scott Wilson
Lives of Master SwordsmenMakoto Sugawara1988
The Revenge of the 47 Ronin     Stephen Turnbull
The Samurai     Anthony J Bryant
The Samurai    Stephen Turnbull
The Samurai Source BookStephen Turnbull1998
The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War     Stephen Turnbull
Toyotomi Hideyoshi     Stephen Turnbull
War in Japan 1467 - 1615     Stephen Turnbull
Warriors of Medieval JapanStephen Turnbull2005
Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai 1200 - 1877T D Conlan
Wives of the Samurai       Tsuneyoshi Matsuno

Kenjutsu/Iado

Aikibatto     Stefan Stenudd
BokkenDave Lowry
Crimson SteelToshishiro Obata
Flashing Steel Eishin Ryu   Masayuki Shimabukuro and Leonard Pellman Hojojutsu
IadoMichael Finn
IaiDarrell Craig
Iaido Illustrated Muso Jukiden Eishin Ryu Volume 2     David Collins
Iaido Sword     Richard W Babin 
Japanese Swordfighting     Masaaki Hatsumi
Japanese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Seitei Iaido    Ramon Lawrence
Japanese SwordsmanshipWarner & Dreager
Japanese Throwing Wepona     Daniel Fletcher
Kendo and Kenjutsu   Darrell Craig  Kenjutsu
Kenjutsu ShodenFrederick Lovret 
Koryu Bujutsu     Books LLC
Mugai Ryu   Darrell Craig
Naked BladeToshishiro Obata
Practice Drills for Japanese SwordsNicklaus Suino
Samurai SwordsmanshipDale S Kirby
ShinkageRyu Part1Watanabe
ShinkageRyu Part2Watanabe
ShinkendoToshishiro Obata
Shuriken Jutsu
Shiriken JutsuMichael Finn
Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship     Nicklaus Suino
Tameshigiri    Toshishiro Obata
The Art of Japanese SwordsmanshipNicklaus Suino
The Diety & the Sword Part1Otake
The Diety & the Sword Part2Otake
The Diety & the Sword Part3Otake
The Samurai Sword     Kohshyu Yoshida
The Samurai Sword Workout     Ilaria Mopntagnani
The Secrets of StrategyYamamoto Kansuke
The Way and the PowerFrederick Lovret
The Way of Kendo & Kenjutsu    Darren Max Craig
Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Iaido Dec09

Zen / Mental Training Etc.

Be Like Water     Joseph Cardillo
Book of Five Rings - MusashiTrans: Victor Harris
Book of Five Rings  MusashiTrans: Brown, Kashiwagi, Barrett, & Sasgawa.
Book of Five Rings (The Martial Artist's)  Musashi Trans: Stephen Kaufman
Buddhism in a Nut ShellNarada Thera
Celtic Inspirations     Lyn Webster Wilde
Do you want to Meditate?Eric Harrison
Essence of NinjutsuMasaaki Hatsumi
Fundamentals of BuddhismPeter Santina
Kodo  Ancient WaysKensho Furuya
Living by ZenD T Suzuki
MeditationAlahn Chah
Samurai HagakureYamamoto Tsunetomo
Sword & the BrushDave Lowry
Tao te chingLao Tzu
The Art of WarSun Tzu
The Book of Zen     Eric Chaline
The Art of Peace     Morihei Ueshiba
The Life Giving Sword     Yagyu Munenori
The Power of ChiGeoff Pike
The PrinceNiccolo Machiavelli
The RoninWilliam Dale Jennings
The Spirit of ZenAlan Watts
The Sword and the MindHiroaki Sato
The Sword of No SwordStephens
The Tao of PoohBenjamin Hoff
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Unfettered MindTakuan Soho
The Way of the Owl     Frank Rivers
The Way of the SwordChozan Shissai
The Zen Way to the Martial ArtsTaisen Deshimaru
War at Work Khoo Kheng Hor
Way of the Peaceful Warrior      Dan Millman
What the Buddha TaughtWalpola Rahula
Zen and the Way of the SwordWinston L King
Zen BuddhismChristmas Humphreys
Zen Flesh, Zen BonesPaul Reps
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zen and Japanese Culture   Daisetz T. Suzuki
Zen in the Art of ArcheryEugen Herrigel
Zen in the Martial ArtsJoe Hyams