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Nebenhut (translation: near point) (Original Latin: Dextro latere) is a term used to describe a type of guard or ward in historical swordfighting.

Arming Sword and Buckler

The term is applied to the ward relating to the 5th Ward of the Royal Armouries MS I.33 although the term itself is not used in the manuscript.

The 5th ward is taken up by standing left foot forward, buckler held out facing the opponent. The sword is held in the right hand, hilt just behind the right shoulder with the long edge facing out and the point down and towards the rear.


The counters most appropriate to adopt against this ward are: