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Italian Rapier Combat (Kindle)

Capo Ferro's 'Grand Simulacro'

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By Ridolfo Capo Ferro, Edited by Jared Kirby
Greenhill Books
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ISBN: 9781784386931
eBook Released: 4th May 2021

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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.

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About Ridolfo Capo Ferro

Ridolfo Capo Ferro of Cagli was a fencing master in the city of Siena, best-known for his rapier fencing manual published in 1610.


About Jared Kirby

Jared Kirby has been involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen for 25 years. He teaches in New York City and is a Master of Arms (Maestro d’Armi) through the Martinez Academy of Arms. He is the president of CombatCon in Las Vegas and teaches workshops around the world. As a fight director, Jared has choreographed stars such as Peter Sarsgaard, Steve Guttenberg and Cameron Douglas and choreographed fights Off-Broadway, nationally, and internationally in London and Sydney.


In addition to this book, Jared is the editor of A Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling by Vincentio Saviolo and The School of Fencing by Domenico Angelo and annotated by Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez, and is the co-author of Staging Shakespeare's Violence, Vol. 1.

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