New Sword Fighting Manual

Available here, Villamont’s translation of Cavalcabo’s manual on sword fighting. Also includes a short piece by Patenostrier of Rome. This is a translation of the French manual; the Italian translation held in the BNF in Paris is possibly Villamont’s own notes, copied down from an earlier manuscript. History of the Manual In 1597, the great French traveller Seigneur de Villamont …

Quick kill or be killed…

We talk about the ‘play’ in sword fighting or that fencing is a conversation. It can be that. But another way to consider it is as a hunt. Too many times fencers, of all levels, rush in wanting to win the point, ‘but I hit them first’ being the reasoning. So imagine the fencer is hunting alone and trying to …