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The Complete Renaissance Swordsman
Antonio Manciolino's Opera Nova (1531)

Translated by Tom Leoni

The Complete Renaissance Swordsman
Paperback, 160 pages £26.50
Published: 2010
ISBN: 9780982591130
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Medieval Studies, Military History


Dating from the 1520's, Bolognese swordsmaster's Antonio Manciolino's Opera Nova is the earliest surviving printed book on Italian martial arts. This seminal and eclectic Renaissance work contains clear and systematic instruction on the use of the sword and small buckler, sword and large buckler, sword and targa, sword and dagger, sword and cape, two swords, sword alone, and sword and rotella, plus a fascinating compendium on the use of polearms. Clearly and elegantly written, Manciolino's text is one of the best and clearest presentations of the martial skills required of the ideal Renaissance man.

For the first time since its original publishing, this book has been translated into English by experienced historical fencing instructor Tom Leoni. Also included is a valuable and extensive technical introduction, complete with illustrations from both original sources and modern photographs, making it easy to follow Manciolino's instructions, sword-in-hand, even by beginners, while providing years of training for veteran martial artists.







Foreword

Author's Preface

Acknowledgements


Introduction

   Martial Arts in Renaissance Italy

      Martial Arts and the Italian Renaissance: What They Were, Who Taught Them, Who Learned Them

   Tackling Manciolino's Opera Nova: A Primer of Bolognese Swordsmanship

      Lines, Measure, Tempo and Stances

      The Guards (Guardie)

      Footwork (Passeggiare)

      The Attacks (Offese): Moving Between the Guards

      Defense (Difese): Parries and the Role of the Buckler

      Other Actions and Definitions

      The Assalto and the Main Parts of the Play

      Attitude and Mental Disposition In Bolognese Swordsmanship

   Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, the Great Devil: A Portrait of a Famous Swordsman of the Bolognese Style

   A Note on Language, the Translation, and on Editorial Decisions

Opera Nova

   OPERA NOVA TO LEARN

How to Fight and Defend with any Sort of Arms, Written by Antonio Manciolino, Bolognese

HERE BEGIN A FEW

Main Rules or Explanations on the Valiant Art of Arms

OF COMBAT AND FENCING WITH ALL SORTS OF WEAPONS IN SIX BOOKS

BOOK ONE

BOOK TWO

BOOK THREE

BOOK FOUR

BOOK FIVE

BOOK SIX






Tom Leoni was born in Switzerland and grew up in Northern Italy. Since an early age, he developed a passion for antique arms and armour and Renaissance-Baroque culture. His meticulous research of Italian swordsmanship treatises helped him become an internationally-known teacher specialising in the Italian styles of the 1500s and 1600s. In 2005, Tom published an English translation of Master Salvator Fabris' 1606 rapier treatise Scienza d'Armi, one the of the most important fencing works of the late Renaissance. In 2009, he published a translation of Italy's earliest extant martial-arts treatise, Fiore de' Liberi's Fio di Battaglia (circa 1409).

 




Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 160 pages
ISBN:
 9780982591130
Format:
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
 HBLH, JWXZ
BISAC Code:
  HIS027000, HIS037020
Imprint:
 Freelance Academy Press


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