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Marozzo Book 1 By Tom Leoni
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Publishing in 1536, Achille Marozzo is one of the most important Italian fencing authors of the Renaissance, as well as a towering figure in what we call the “Bolognese style.” His book... More > Opera Nova was reprinted in the course of the 16th century and at the beginning of the next, as evidence of the popularity of his instruction. Experienced Renaissance swordsmanship instructor and professional translator Tom Leoni has tackled this complex project to offer the modern historical European martial artist (and historian) Marozzo’s text in fluent, readable English. Because of the complexity of the work, it will be offered one book at a time (total of five books). This first volume deals with the “queen” of Bolognese weapon-combinations, the sword and small buckler. Other volumes—sword and other companion weapons, two-handed sword, polearms, and advice on dueling (plus dagger grapples) are forthcoming.< Less
Alfieri By Tom Leoni
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This book is the integral translation (with the original illustrations) of Francesco Alfieri's important Italian rapier treatise, La Scherma (1640). Experienced rapier teacher, researcher and... More > translator Tom Leoni is offering this translation with an introduction on Alfieri and his work, and with ample annotations throughout the text. This book is ideally suited for historical-fencing enthusiasts, rapier fencers and instructors, as well as history-buffs interested in European martial arts, dueling and military culture in general.< Less
Fiore de' Liberi's Fior di Battaglia By Tom Leoni
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This book is the first English translation of Fiore de' Liberi's "Fior di Battaglia," the 1409 swordsmanship and martial arts text that is the oldest extant in the Italian tradition. The... More > book survives in four known manuscripts. One of them, housed at the Getty museum in Los Angeles, CA, is held to be the most complete, and is the basis of this translation. Writing for an audience of illustrious students including the powerful marquis Nicolo' d' Este, Fiore presents detailed instruction on wrestling as well as the use of several weapons including longsword, axe, dagger, staff, lance and others. Fiore's text has been translated by experienced historical martial artist Tom Leoni of the Order of the Seven Hearts and reviewed by Maestro Sean Hayes of the Northwest Academy of Arms and by Greg Mele of the Chicago Swordplay Guild. Fourth revision. Text only.< Less
Angelo Viggiani: Lo Schermo (Book III, English Translation) By Tom Leoni
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With this book, experienced historical-fencing author Tom Leoni has translated the fencing section of Angelo Viggiani's important text, Lo Schermo (written circa 1550). This book, in dialog form, is... More > important because it is the only one that describes, in great details, the biomechanics of the Bolognese single-sword fencing style of the time. As such, it is not only a valuable historical-fencing resource in itself--but it also serves as a key to interpret other texts of the time (e.g., Marozzo, Manciolino, Dall'Agocchie) more accurately. Includes a historical and stylistic introduction, and the full translation of Book III, amply annotated to be more useful to the student of the sword. The original illustrations of the tree-diagrams of attacks and guards, as well as of the seven guards described by Viggiani.< Less
Vienna Anonymous On Fencing: a Rapier Masterclass from the 17th Century By Tom Leoni
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If there ever was an invaluable glossa to two of the major Italian rapier fencing treatises, the Vienna Anonymous—also known as Della Scherma or MS 381 in the Fürstliche Sammlung des... More > Palais Liechtenstein (Vienna)—deserves the title. An anonymous fencer took it upon himself to write a detailed explanation of the art of the single rapier by referencing (and expanding on) the writings of Salvator Fabris and Ridolfo Capoferro. Finished in 1614, the Anonymous bridges the gap between the high-level rapier treatises of the time and the minutiae of salle instruction, thereby gifting us with a wealth of technical and tactical details that would otherwise have faded forever into the dark night of history. The intricate handwriting of the Anonymous has been meticulously deciphered, transcribed and translated by experienced Italian rapier scholar Tom Leoni. This book includes a historical introduction, glossary, translation and transcription of the text, amply annotated for the benefit of today's rapier student.< Less
Fabris By Tom Leoni
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Salvator Fabris (1544-1618) was one of the most influential masters of the Italian rapier. His long career culminated with his employment as royal fencing master at the court of the king of Denmark,... More > Christian IV. It was the king himself who also sponsored the printing of his treatise Lo schermo, overo scienza d’arme (on fencing, or knowledge of arms), a lavishly-illustrated manual on the theory and practice of the Italian rapier first published in Copenhagen in 1606. Apart from explaining rapier alone, rapier and dagger and rapier and cape in painstaking detail, the treatise became the basis for a northern German fencing tradition that is documentable until well into the 1800’s. Admired by his contemporaries and celebrated by later fencing masters as “a name of the greatest reputation in our profession,” Fabris has also become a household name in the modern revival of historical martial arts. This book is a fully illustrated reprint of Tom Leoni’s English translation, originally published in 2005.< Less

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