“In this book I have striven to summarize, as succinctly as I could and as clearly as I have been able, the rules and methods that seemed necessary to me for the practice of the sword, both alone and with companion weapons. Having to describe the many minutiae and particular details of any art is almost impossible in the clarity that maybe it deserves. Nevertheless I hope to have made myself sufficiently understood in this treatise, so any man with some basic knowledge can be capable of what I have described.” Marco Docciolini (1601)


Marco Docciolini’s text is provided in translation into English by Piermarco Terminiello and Steven Reich, with the cover diagram repeated throughout for ease of use.