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Arte Gladitoria Dimicandi: 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Filippo Vadi

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For the first time, a color fascimile and translation will be available from this important 15th century master of late Italian Medieval swordsmanship. Master Fillipo Vadi's work, previously overlooked and underestimated by fencing scholars, presents the student of historical swordsmanship or of miltiary history a fresh, stunningly beautiful look into the mind of an Italia ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Chivalry Bookshelf (first published March 1st 2002)
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Ben
Mar 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Filipo Vadi stands as a fascinating transition from the medieval art of combat to the Renaissance art of combat, straddling the line between Fiore dei Liberi and Bardi. However, the worth of this text goes far beyond its value as a reference point of transitioning Italian martial culture. What Vadi offers us (through the translation of Luca Porzio and the founder of the Chicago Swordplay Guild, Mr. Greg Mele) is a complete martial art that ranges from unarmed combat to fighting in full harness w ...more
David
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
The introductory text and first 16 chapters of the translation make for very useful reading for any student of 15th C Italian swordsmanship, and anyone with an interest in the theory of medieval/early rennaissance combat systems.

This is one of the few texts that provides both a solid english translation and color reproductions of the original plates of an early Italian fighting treatise. Unfortunately, due to intellectual property concerns on the part of museums and private collections, few work
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