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The Complete Renaissance Swordsman

The Complete Renaissance Swordsman

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Product Code: Book-FL.Ren01
The Complete Renaissance Swordsman: A Guide to Use of All Manner of Weapons
Antonio Manciolino's Opera Nova (1531)
Translated and with a new illustrated introduction by Tom Leoni

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.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 145
Publisher: Freelance Academy Press
Date: July 31, 2010
Dimensions: 10" x 7"

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Cauzza family from Idaho, United States
August 28, 2018
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Wonderful Resource
We bought this for our teenage son who has been studying swordsmanship and related history through you-tube videos and articles on-line. He is thrilled with it and comes out with interesting details to share with us regularly. I like that there is a blend of the original drawings/block-prints together with modern photographs to illustrate the information in the text. Also, he finds the introdu
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