The Art of Sword Fighting in Earnest: Philippo Vadi's De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi

The Art of Sword Fighting in Earnest: Philippo Vadi's De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi

by Guy Windsor, Philippo Vadi

Paperback(Black and White, no facsimile)

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“Guy has the rare talent of making this material accessible” -Neal Stephenson (from his Foreword to Swordfighting)

“Guy Windsor's greatest gift to WMA/HEMA is his marvellous ability to translate period language into a meaningful experience for modern WMA/HEMA practitioners and he has once more shown his ability to do exactly that.” - Adam, reviewing Veni Vadi Vici on Amazon.

From the late fifteenth century comes a detailed manuscript on knightly combat, written by Philippo Vadi. Dedicated to one of the most famous Italian condottiere of the age, Guidobaldo, Duke of Urbino, this book covers the theory of combat with the longsword, as well as dozens of techniques of the sword, the spear, the pollax, and the dagger.

This black and white paperback edition of The Art of Sword Fighting in Earnest includes a detailed introduction, setting Vadi and his combat style in their historical context, a complete translation of the manuscript, and a detailed commentary from the perspective of the practising martial artist. Please note it does not include a facsimile of the manuscript, but that may be downloaded from a link provided in the text.

This volume is the second edition of Dr. Windsor’s earlier work, Veni Vadi Vici, updating the translation and the introduction. This is essential reading for any practitioner of knightly combat, academic historian, or enthusiast for the quattrocento period of Italian history.

Dr. Guy Windsor is a world-renowned instructor and a pioneering researcher of medieval and renaissance martial arts. He has been teaching the Art of Arms full-time since founding The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki, Finland, in 2001. His profession is finding and analysing historical swordsmanship treatises, figuring out the systems they represent, creating a syllabus from the treatises for his students to train with, and teaching the system to his students all over the world. He is the author of numerous classic books about the art of swordsmanship including the definitive The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts, The Swordsman’s Companion, and his Mastering the Art of Arms series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789527157381
Publisher: Swordschool Ltd
Publication date: 07/05/2018
Edition description: Black and White, no facsimile
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 371,522
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the paperback and ebook edition 7

Introduction 9

Philippo Vadi: who was he? 13

Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino 16

The Manuscript 20

The manuscript’s provenance 22

The creation of the manuscript 24

Is the manuscript complete? 27

Prior works on de Arte Gladiatoria 29

Notes on the translation 32

Placing de Arte Gladiatoria into its fencing context 37

Comparing the guards of Vadi, Fiore, and Marozzo 41

Translation 77

Commentary 124

Glossary 195

Works cited 199

Acknowledgements 205

About the Author 207

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