Dating to the early seventeenth century, the Livre Des Leçons (or Book of Lessons) is a compilation of fencing instructions, attributed to the soldier Pedro De Heredia, who served in the Spanish Netherlands.
This translation includes the complete lessons for single sword,
sword and dagger, and sword and cape, along with 71 colour images from
the manuscript held at the Swedish Royal Library.
This book is an invaluable addition to any collection or library. For
the historian, martial artist, or fencer, it provides detailed lessons
in historical swordplay through a large body of interlocking exercises,
considering a range of situations and opponents. For re-enactors or
those with a passion for period costume, the 71 hand drawn and coloured
pictures exhibit a wealth and variety of fashion from the late
Renaissance. The Book of Lessons is a vibrant insight into the martial arts of the time and deserves a place on any bookshelf.
Rob Runacres is a historical researcher and fencer, specialising in
French fencing and martial texts from the late sixteenth and early
seventeenth centuries. He has practised martial arts for most of his
life and is the founder of the Renaissance Sword Club.
Cite this Book
Rob Runacres. Book of Lessons. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, November 2017. ISBN 978-0-9934216-5-5.