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Book of Lessons from Pedro De Heredia
Book of Lessons from Pedro De Heredia


 
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Dating to the early 17th century, the Book of Lessons is a compilation of fencing instructions, attributed to Pedro De Heredia. This translation includes the complete lessons for single sword, sword & dagger, and sword & cape, with 71 color images. It is a vibrant insight into the martial arts of the time and deserves a place on any bookshelf.

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About Book of Lessons

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.


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March 23, 2019
Reviewer: VM from Canada  
Beautiful book, the colour plates at the end are amazing! A good read for people interested in Spanish rapier and destreza.

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