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Henry de Sainct-Didier – Introduction to the French Single Sword

Sainct-Didier is a French master who wrote his text in 1573. The publishers notes on Amazon say, Written in 1573 by fencing master Henry de Sainct-Didier, this is believed to be the first French sword manual ever written. Noting that … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Introduction

In Agrippa’s day, fencing as a martial skill was already in decline. He laments that the use of artillery precludes the normal means by which one earns military honor. So instead he focuses on the sword as a dueling weapon, … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Introduction and His Complaint about Modern Fencing Masters

Giovanni dall’Agocchie presents the first book of his Dell’Arte di Scrimia as a dialog between himself and Lepido Ranieri. I am primarily using the William Jherek Swanger translation. It begins with Giovanni attempting to convince Lepido of the importance in … Continue reading

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Marozzo – Capitula 1

After the usual benedictions, Marozzo stresses the importance of the Segno or cutting chart that would adorn the walls of any fencing school of that era. He equates them to the alphabet in terms of importance. This segno I outline … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi – Introduction

Filippo Vadi’s greatest concern seems to the preservation of the art. He feels that after a lifetime of mastering the warlike arts it would be negligent for him to allow the knowledge to perish. He reiterates this point later when … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi and the Author’s Humility

I was working on my notes for Vadi when I came across this passage, which concludes his introduction. And should this booklet of min fall into the hands of someone learned in the art, and should it seem to him … Continue reading

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Capoferro Chapter 1 – The Purpose of Fencing

3. The aim of fencing is the defense of self, from whence it derives its name; because “to fence” does not mean other than defending oneself, hence it is that “protection” and “defense”are words of the same meaning; whence one … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Dusak – Introduction

Part two of Meyer’s The Art of Combat covers the dusak. This chapter is intended to not only train the student on the dusak itself, but to also prepare them for future work with the rapier. Rather than a proper … Continue reading

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Ringeck – Introduction

Ringeck, Notes on Introduction Ringeck claims that Johannes Liechtenauer wrote down his techniques using “secret and hidden words” so that they wouldn’t become widely known. That may have been true, but Lindholm and Svärd have put forth an alternate theory … Continue reading

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Meyer – Introduction

Meyer wrote, “this knightly art is grasped with the fist and practiced with the application of the entire body, and so must be learned more through experience than out of books.” So why did he bother? Well above all it … Continue reading

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