Here you can find historical fencing manuals and related material that I have translated into English. Everything I offer for download is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, but included plates and illustrations may fall under different licensing.
Nicoletto Giganti – Scola, overo teatro (1606)
To my knowledge this is the only complete translation of Nicoletto Giganti’s Scola, overo teatro (“School, or theatre“), as it contains both Giganti’s dedication and a forward written by Almoro Lombardo. Additionally, I have included my translation of marginalia left by a 18th century reader in a 1628 copy held in the Austrian National Library.
Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri – Lo spadone (1653)
Originally appearing as the third part of Alfieri’s L’arte di ben maneggiare la spada (“The Art of Handling the Sword Well“), this short work deals with the greatsword.