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We are dedicated to offering transcriptions, translations, and interpretations of various historic treatises. What we currently have to offer is listed below. Stay tuned for announcements about future works in progress; we plan to offer more translations in the near future, possibly including a Bolognese work, one or more early 17th century Italian Rapier treatises, and a late 17th century work for Baroque Sword.


Ridolfo Capoferro's The Art and Practice of Fencing By Tom Leoni
Among the original treatises on the use of this weapon, the most prized by historical fencing revivalists in the last 150 years has been the Great Representation of the Art and Practice of Fencing, written in 1610 by Master Ridolfo Capoferro. In this remarkable text, Capoferro described and illustrated--in unmatched detail--the use of the rapier alone and with a left-handed dagger, cloak and shield, offering the modern historical fencing student a true wealth of Renaissance fencing theory, form and repertoire. With this book, expert researcher and rapier instructor Tom Leoni offers a full, accurate and accessible English translation of Capoferro's teachings, complete with high-resolution reproductions of the 43 original illustrations.


The Complete Renaissance Swordsman 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.


Venetian Rapier: Nicoletto Giganti’s 1606 Fencing Curriculum By Tom Leoni
Perhaps no other weapon represents Renaissance Italian fencing like the rapier. But do we know how it was used and how it was taught? This book takes you to the fencing School, or Salle of celebrated renaissance rapier Master Nicoletto Giganti of Venice, one among the period teachers leaving instructions on the use of this weapon. More uniquely, his 1606 text is a veritable training curriculum, with its stepwise lessons and easy-to-follow explanations on the use of the rapier alone and rapier and dagger. This faithful translation by internationally-known rapier teacher Tom Leoni includes the complete text, original illustrations, and an introduction on rapier fencing that will make Giganti’s text easy to follow. If you are a martial artist, a fencer, or have an interest in European martial culture, this book belongs on your shelf.


Translation of Fiore de’ Liberi’s Getty Manuscript By Tom Leoni
This much-awaited book is the first published English translation of Fiore de' Liberi's 1409 "Fior di Battaglia," the oldest extant martial-arts treatise in the Italian tradition. The book survives in four known manuscripts. One of them, housed at the Getty museum, is held to be the most complete, and is the basis on this translation. Writing for an audience of warriors including the powerful marquis Nicolo' d' Este, Fiore presents detailed instruction on wrestling, longsword, axe, dagger, staff, lance and more. Third revision. Text only, following original pagination.
Note that in books purchased before June 30, 2009, the text of 27 RECTO was mistakenly left untranslated; a pdf of the translation can be downloaded here.

Fabris Translation By Tom Leoni
The first critical English translation of Salvator Fabris’ monumental 1606 Italian rapier treatise Lo Schermo, overo Scienza d’Arme was published in 2005. Text and illustrations. Unfortunately, this book is out of print, although it might be possible to obtain copies through Amazon or AbeBooks.

Last Updated: 10-May-14