Stephen Hand is a prominent researcher, instructor and author in the field of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). He has been researching medieval and renaissance fencing manuals since the 1980s and is the author of several books including Swordplay in the Age of Shakespeare, English Swordsmanship and Medieval Sword and Shield. Stephen also edited SPADA and SPADA II, two volumes of academic papers on HEMA topics. He has taught extensively in the US and Europe and is one of the founders of the Stoccata School of Defence which runs across several states of Australia.