This is Blade and Swords.

Blade and Swords combines my passion for Artwork and Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).

My name is Bettina Miriam Sehner and HEMA is my passion for life. I love to discover and read the old manuscript and sources, love to reconstruct the old techniques, started to paint for the nieche with various mediums, illustrate, do book projects and love to collaborate with other fellow HEMA crazy people from the community. And i love medieval rabbits, rabbits are just great.


Translation, Fencing treatise and Artbook

Buy Ultima Custodia (German or English Version) 

Translation, Fencing treatise and Artbook

If you want to buy Ulitma Custodia please fill in the form and write me if you want to have the ENGLISH or GERMAN Version. :-)
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Ultima Custodia - 
Translation, Fencing treatise and Artbook

Ultima Custodia is a combination of a new translation of the Ms. 1.33 Towerfechtbuch from latin to German or English, an Interpretation of the techniques and the content and an Artbook. The illustations that support the content are painted in way that it is easily understandable, others are to please your eyes. I interpreted the three protagonists of the Towerfechtbuch as comic and more realistic painted figures. Also medieval rabbits found their way into this book. 

Why buy this book?

If you are interested in a new translation and interpretation of the Towerfechtbuch, loving medieval rabbits and nice Artwork, want to see the techniques explained and painted in a very good undertandable way, interested in Sword and Buckler or just want to see the oldest known fencing treatise about european martial arts and find it cool that it even has a fencing woman in it - this book is probably for you!

First reviews about the book

Greetings! I have just received my Ultima Custodia book, and it is AMAZING! I am absolutely in love with it! It looks fantastic, the drawings are nice and also very clear, I think it's a good and understandable interpretation... in other words: a masterpiece! 😀

Sebastaan P.

Ich bin kürzlich aus dem Urlaub zurückgekommen und hab mich gleich gefreut - eurer Werk war in der Post!
Es ist ja echt der Wahnsinn geworden!!
Ich bin total begeistert. Man merkt, wie viel Arbeit und Liebe da drin steckt - und Humor 🙂
Man bekommt auch sofort Lust, doch mal Schild+Buckler auszuprobieren - vor allem weil man anhand eurer Erklärungen und Grafiken die Techniken versteht.

Ganz ganz großes Lob von mir und vielen herzlichen Dank für euer tolles Projekt!
Und Gratulation dazu, dass es so toll geworden ist! Das gelingt nicht jedem 🙂


Skim through the book and it’s well made. Content are well organized and easy to follow through. The added hand draw art work added an interesting touch to it. Also, the first person view on some of the techniques is well thought out and every one should copy this method in my opinion.

Overall a much recommend book for anyone looking for sword&buckler book to  read and collect.

Thitiwut P.
Bankok Historical Fencing

Habe soeben das wunderbare "Ultima Custodia" von
Blade and Swords erhalten! 

vom ersten Eindruck her in allen Punkten sehr durchdacht aufgebaut: Facsimilies und Erläuterungen in Kapitel 1, gefolgt von Interpretation mit vielen richtig guten Hilfestellungen in Kapitel 2.

Das ganze mit fabelhaften Illustrationen (Hasen! ), großartig, Bettina Miriam !

Ich freue mich darauf, das durchzuarbeiten! 


We have just received our copy of this magnificent work! Thank you @bladenswords_hema ! Ultima Custodia is a beautiful book full of details and useful info together with amazing and detailed pictures. 

Acabamos de recibir nuestra copia de este estupendo trabajo! Gracias @bladenswords_hema ! Ultima Custodia es un libro precioso, repleto de detalles e información útil junto a unas maravillosas y detalladas imágenes.


What does Blade and Swords offer?

I do various artwork for medieval, history and HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts):
Designs and Merch Concepts
 HEMA and History related Shirts and Accessoires (on my Spreadshirtshop and Amazon)
Book Illustrations
HEMA related projects
Tempera paintings and historical reconstruction
Portrait and other paintings
Some other stuff that comes ot my mind

Shops of Blade and Swords

I offer HEMA and history related Shirt designs and accessoires. 
You can also always contact me if you are interested in a commission work.


Discover Projects and Collaborations

Interview about my work with Jason Hutt

I had the honor to be interviewed by Jason Hutt for his blog on Medieval Sword School.  If you are interested you can take a look here:

This is me.
Bettina Miriam (Betty)


Discover Paintings, Digital Artwork, Photography and Designs 


Shirts and Merchandise with my Hema.Designs are available on Spreadshirt and Amazon Germany. Artprints or originals of traditionally (not digital) painted Artwork will be available on FineArtAmerica (shipping worldwide).

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.