The origins of the Historical European Martial Arts are lost in history as they follow the migrations of the Indo-European people. Additionally it was influenced by the people that they encountered in combat so it was always in a continuous motion that still goes on today.
The modern revival started in the late 19th century with the soldier, writer, antiquarian and swordsman, Alfred Hutton. Hutton wanted to recreate the old arts based on the information available at the time. Since then numerous historical manuscripts have been rediscovered, and research and translation projects have been under taken. In the 80's and 90's of the previous century people started to group up more commonly to practice together leading to a worldwide community that is going strong today and increasing by the day.