The Academy of the Sword

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Maestro Jeannette Martinez recently shared an interesting link with the Association for Historical Fencing that I wanted to pass along to you. It is a link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s publication, The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500-1800 by LaRocca (1998).

The 38-page publication draws upon several early and rare fencing manuals in the Arms and Armor Department’s library, as well as selected weapons from their collection. Starting with a rare sixteenth-century copy of Talhoffer’s 1443 Fechtbuch, the text introduces major treatises such as Meyer, Capo Ferro, Fabris, Angelo, Danet, and others. The illustrations are cleanly reproduced and the photographs offer some detailed glimpses at exquisite accessions in their collection.

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