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Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise

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Camillo Agrippa's widely influential "Treatise on the Science of Arms" was a turning point in the history of fencing. The author - an engineer by trade and not a professional master of arms - was able to radically re-imagine teaching the art of fencing. Agrippa's treatise is the fundamental text of Western swordsmanship. Just as earlier swordsmanship can be better understo ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published January 14th 2010 by Italica Press (first published 1553)
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Benjaminxjackson
Jun 09, 2010 Benjaminxjackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an interesting look at the history of fencing and Rennaissance Italy.

The book is divided between a long introduction that talks about the historical times in which Agrippa lived and wrote, and then Agrippa's treatise. Let me get a couple of quibbles out of the way to start. First, some of the information gets very detailed and seems to require some background knowledge of Rennaissance Italy on the par tof the reader. I have studied some of it, but not a ton. So, there were a few p
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Christopher
A fascinating look at the art of fencing in the Italian Renaissance. It can be a bit hard to follow, but the preface is very well done, giving a short biography of Agrippa as well as explaining his principles. It was worth reading all by itself. To really make sense of this book I recommend reading Egerton Castle's "Schools and Masters of Fencing : From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century" concurrently.
Ann Jones
The introduction was fascinating but, try as I might, I can never follow written descriptions of how to fence. Still, totally worth the time spent.
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