Piermarco Terminiello is an historical fencer and researcher. He was born in London, and grew up between Sorrento, Italy and the South of England where he currently resides. He studies historical fencing with the School of the Sword, and is a member of the Historical European Martial Arts Coalition (HEMAC), an association of researchers from across Europe.
His research interest is focused on sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian swordplay. He has an extensive knowledge of technical manuals from the period, including a number of widely overlooked works, having previously unearthed the lengthy manuscript treatise of Giovanni Battista Maffani (1629) not listed in any fencing bibliography.
Among other research, he has published an English translation (co-authored) of Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri’s La Scherma (1640); a transcription and English translation of Giuseppe Colombani’s L’Arte maestra (1711); and a transcription of the Biblioteca Trivulziana Cod.256 (c.1680).
He has enjoyed success as a competitive fencer, winning a number of international competitions in the disciplines of single rapier, rapier and dagger, and sword and buckler.