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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
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
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 (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
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