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The Duel, or the Flower of Arms for Single Combat, Both Offensive and Defensive, by Achille Marozzo By W. Jherek Swanger & Achille Marozzo
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Achille Marozzo’s Opera Nova (1536) was the most highly renowned text of the cut-and-thrust school of “Bolognese swordsmanship”. It describes armed combat with the single-handed... More > sword, alone and with a variety of companion arms (bucklers, shield, dagger, second sword, cape, etc.); the dagger alone or with cape; the two-handed sword; a variety of pole arms; and grappling techniques, both armed and unarmed. This translation was prepared with the practitioner of historical fencing in mind. It encompasses the entirety of the Opera Nova with the exception of the discussion of the dueling code in Book 5, is highly annotated, and includes all of the numerous original illustrations. The translator has provided an extensive introduction covering history, technical elements, and theory, as well as a glossary and a gallery of guards. Please see the preview.< Less
The Art of Defense: on Fencing, the Joust, and Battle Formation, by Giovanni dall’Agocchie (Hardback) By Jherek Swanger & Giovanni dall’Agocchie
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Giovanni dall’Agocchie’s Dell’Arte di Scrimia, Libri Tre… (1572) consists of three books, each dealing with a separate aspect of combat. The first and longest is the last... More > major work published in the so-called “Bolognese swordsmanship” tradition, which still used the cut extensively, before it was supplanted by the rapier. It is laid out methodically, presenting the use of the sword alone, or with a dagger, or a cape, proceeding guard by guard, first defensively then offensively. The second book is a discussion of jousting, including advice on training and equipment. The final book discusses arranging infantry into formations, based on troop numbers, and the derivation of square roots for that purpose. This book is a complete translation of dall’Agocchie’s work, and includes a full revision of the translator’s earlier partial translation. Please see the Preview.< Less
The Art of Defense: on Fencing, the Joust, and Battle Formation, by Giovanni dall’Agocchie (Paperback) By Jherek Swanger & Giovanni dall’Agocchie
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Giovanni dall’Agocchie’s Dell’Arte di Scrimia, Libri Tre… (1572) consists of three books, each dealing with a separate aspect of combat. The first and longest is the last... More > major work published in the so-called “Bolognese swordsmanship” tradition, which still used the cut extensively, before it was supplanted by the rapier. It is laid out methodically, presenting the use of the sword alone, or with a dagger, or a cape, proceeding guard by guard, first defensively then offensively. The second book is a discussion of jousting, including advice on training and equipment. The final book discusses arranging infantry into formations, based on troop numbers, and the derivation of square roots for that purpose. This book is a complete translation of dall’Agocchie’s work, and includes a full revision of the translator’s earlier partial translation. Please see the Preview.< Less
A Treatise on the Science of Arms, with a Philosophical Dialogue, by Camillo Agrippa: an Annotated Translation (Paperback) By Camillo Agrippa & W. Jherek Swanger
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Camillo Agrippa’s "Trattato di Scientia d’Arme, con un Dialogo di Filosofia", published in 1553, is widely regarded as the seminal text of scientific fencing. Agrippa analyzed... More > fencing in terms of geometry, biomechanics, and timing, laying the groundwork for centuries of fencing theory that followed him. This translation is thoroughly annotated, with a particular emphasis on aiding scholars and practitioners of historical fencing to follow Agrippa’s descriptions of combative sequences. An extensive introduction provides background on terminology, the author, and the text itself, places Agrippa’s system within the historical continuum of Italian fencing, and provides a thorough overview of the theoretical and technical aspects of the system. The latter part of the text, Agrippa’s "Philosophical Dialogue", addresses various topics of geometry and pre-Copernican astronomy. Includes bibliography, appendices covering both the Treatise and Dialogue, and glossary. Please see the preview for sample pages.< Less
A Treatise on the Science of Arms, with a Philosophical Dialogue, by Camillo Agrippa: an Annotated Translation (Hardback) By Camillo Agrippa & W. Jherek Swanger
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Camillo Agrippa’s “Trattato di Scientia d’Arme, con un Dialogo di Filosofia”, published in 1553, is widely regarded as the seminal text of scientific fencing. Agrippa... More > analyzed fencing in terms of geometry, biomechanics, and timing, laying the groundwork for centuries of fencing theory that followed him. This translation is thoroughly annotated, with a particular emphasis on aiding scholars and practitioners of historical fencing to follow Agrippa’s descriptions of combative sequences. An extensive introduction provides background on terminology, the author, and the text itself, places Agrippa’s system within the historical continuum of Italian fencing, and provides a thorough overview of the theoretical and technical aspects of the system. The latter part of the text, Agrippa’s “Philosophical Dialogue”, addresses various topics of geometry and pre-Copernican astronomy. Includes bibliography, appendices covering both the Treatise and Dialogue, and glossary. Please see the preview for sample pages.< Less
The Fencing Method of Angelo Viggiani: Lo Schermo, Part III By W. Jherek Swanger & Angelo Viggiani
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Angelo Viggiani wrote "Lo Schermo" (the defense, or fencing method) in 1551, and it was published posthumously in 1575. In it he attempted to refine the swordplay of his day by imposing a... More > systematic nomenclature and by reducing the number of guards, parries, and attacks. He argues in favor of the superiority of the thrust, without abandoning the cut, and presents an extremely clear description of the lunge, executed from an overhand position, which he considers the most perfect attack. In addition, Viggiani discusses issues of combative advantage and provides insights into elements of body mechanics. This translation represents only "Book III" (i.e., the last of the three sections of Lo Schermo), which is the portion dealing with actual swordplay. This edition is a full revision of the translator's earlier version, improved for accuracy and clarity, and is the first thereof to see publication. It includes illustrations, notes, a summary essay, and glossary. Please see the preview.< Less
Treatise on Fencing, or, the Way to Handle the Sword and the Sabre By W. Jherek Swanger & Paolo Bertelli
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Paolo Bertelli, fencing instructor of the University of Bologna, published this treatise in 1800. As such, it represents a rare glimpse into Italian fencing of its time, as there is a relative... More > paucity of such works of the 18th century. This edition represents its first English translation. Bertelli provides general advice to instructors and students, and general theory, in Part One, followed by specific technical instruction on a wide variety of actions in Part Two. Despite its title, the work is overwhelmingly focused on the use of the thrusting sword (whether for play or earnest combat), briefly addressing the use of the sabre in its final two chapters. Please see the preview, especially the Table of Contents, for an overview of the techniques and topics discussed therein.< Less
The Way to Employ Arms with Certainty (Paperback) By Giacomo di Grassi & W. Jherek Swanger
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Giacomo di Grassi’s “Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'arme…” was originally published in 1570, discussing the use of the sword alone and with various companion weapons, as... More > well as pole arms and the two-handed sword. Upon being translated and published with inferior illustrations in 1594 as “Giacomo di Grassi, His True Art of Defense…” it became the first text on swordplay to be published in English. Unfortunately, the Elizabethan English of the 1594 translation is not always easy on the modern reader, and, critically, suffers from inapt choices of terminology and numerous errors of translation. This wholly new translation has rectified these problems; it was made exclusively with reference to the original Italian text, rendering it into clear modern English, and reproduces the superior illustrations of the original. This translation renders di Grassi readily accessible, to the benefit of scholars, stage combat directors, and historical fencers alike.< Less
The Way to Employ Arms with Certainty (Hardback) By Giacomo di Grassi & W. Jherek Swanger
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Giacomo di Grassi’s “Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'arme…” was originally published in 1570, discussing the use of the sword alone and with various companion weapons, as... More > well as pole arms and the two-handed sword. Upon being translated and published with inferior illustrations in 1594 as “Giacomo di Grassi, His True Art of Defense…” it became the first text on swordplay to be published in English. Unfortunately, the Elizabethan English of the 1594 translation is not always easy on the modern reader, and, critically, suffers from inapt choices of terminology and numerous errors of translation. This wholly new translation has rectified these problems; it was made exclusively with reference to the original Italian text, rendering it into clear modern English, and reproduces the superior illustrations of the original. This translation renders di Grassi readily accessible, to the benefit of scholars, stage combat directors, and historical fencers alike.< Less