Italian Rapier Combat
Capo Ferro's 'Grand Simulacro'
by Ridolfo Capo Ferro
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 30 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 16 Aug 2021
Pen & Sword, Greenhill Books
Featuring more than 40 beautiful illustrations, this stunning work presents one of the world’s most influential fencing treatises. Ridolfo Capo Ferro was a legend in his own lifetime. His intricate instructions were emulated throughout a Europe bewitched by this grace and style and are a window into his mastery of swordsmanship.
This updated edition includes a new introduction and a revised glossary with many technical terms now translated. Additionally, a modernised translation makes it easier for the reader to understand Capo Ferro's intention.
Capo Ferro begins by examining the rapier in detail – its component parts and their suitability – before discussing the actual use. He details the timing and distance needed to control your adversary, while looking at defensive aspects such as the guards, parries and the importance of quick footwork. He also covers using the rapier with auxiliary weapons such as the dagger, cloak and shield.
Presented by fencing master Jared Kirby, this handsome volume is a vital historical record and essential reading for any historical swordfighter, student of martial arts or military historian.