La Scherma is live

Our latest Vulpes title is now live.

La Scherma, the art of fencing by Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri and translated by the team from The School of the Sword is available in it’s gorgeous new second edition. 

‘This is the first published English translation of Francesco Alfieri’s fencing treatise: “La Scherma”, first published in Padua in 1640. Alfieri was the Master at Arms at the Accademia Delia in Padua, Italy from 1632. The Delia was a school attached to the University of Padua teaching young gentlemen military skills, mathematics and the martial arts of self defence. It is not widely appreciated that Europe has martial arts traditions that are centuries old. Contained within this book is a description of one of these European combat systems ~ the art of fighting with the Rapier ~ a long, slender, civilian sword designed for self defence and dueling. The ability to wield such a weapon with skill was a matter of vital importance in an age when the defence of honour and, by definition, the immortal soul, could be more important than life itself. Alfieri’s concise system is a very practical and effective way to address this need. It is an excellent resource for all students of historical swordplay and anyone interested in the martial arts of Renaissance Europe. “This work doesn’t ‘merely’ provide new access to a significant treatise published at a time of great transition in Europe, but it offers an opportunity to truly engage with Alfieri through the context supplied in its concise yet informative introduction and copious notes.” – Joshua Pendragon: Guest Curator, Noble Art of the Sword Exhibition, Wallace Collection, 2012′

This is a second edition of the original translation by the same team.

New Vulpes Title

It’s an exciting day here at the Fox Den and our tails are extra floofy. We are pleased to announce the release of our second Vulpes title. A quick reminder, Vulpes is our HEMA line of books, historical european martial arts. Swords figure massively in all this.

So without further ado, we introduce

Check it out, it’s a fantastic translation of a great fencing manual.

A quick reminder the first title in our Vulpes line is the lost second book of Giganti, missing for four hundred years before Josh and Pim identified and translated it.



Shapeshifters, Sword Play and Industrial Horror

Nearly at the end of November and Fox and Fae just has a couple more minor processes to go through before we get it out to you at long last.

In the mean time the Second Fox Pocket ‘Shapeshifter’ has been released. It’s a dark little volume full of grim twisty tales. Grab it now at lulu!

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We’ve also released our first Vulpes publication, ‘The Lost Second Book of Giganti’ which is available from amazon for an absolute bargain price. There are also a few of the hand leather bound limited editions available over at Spacewitch. We will be able to show you the gorgeous cover going on those very soon.

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We also wanted to draw attention to a submission call over at Spectral Press. Spectral create gorgeous books that are a joy to own and read and we thought this one might be right up your street as writers and readers. After all, who can resist Industrial Horror!

‘You know how chance remarks made by someone often spark off ideas? This is just such a case. Over the weekend, horror writer extraordinaire Adam Nevill posited the idea of industrial horror, which set off a chain-reaction in the sparking brain matter of Simon Marshall-Jones and, after his twitching, writhing body had stilled, he proclaimed that he was going to put together and publish an anthology of such stories. ‘ Read more over at the Spectral site.



Great Expectations

A quick update as we fall inexorably towards November.

It is our plan to get three titles out this November. The first ever Vulpes publication, a translation of Giganti’s 1608 manual on fencing is due on the 15th. In addition both the second volume of Bushy Tales ‘Tales of the Fox and Fae’ and the second Fox Pocket ‘Shapeshifters’ are due out next month.

It’s going to be a busy few weeks at Fox HQ and all being well by the end of November we will be feeling a bit like this.



Fox Spirit Introduces ‘Vulpes’ and the Lost Giganti

Today we are proud to launch

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and to launch it we have an incredible  first book…..

Secret libraries, lost volumes, sword fighting and an Italian master. For a publisher, it doesn’t get much more exciting than a story like this.

Nicoletto Giganti, famous for his treatise of 1606, is recognised as one of the great Italian fencing masters:

The entirety of Giganti’s treatise is a wonderful masterwork of the art of fencing. Giganti’s ready, clear and complete intuition; the fantastic simplicity of his actions and the spontaneity of the various movements; the refined artistic feel which reveals itself in every detail of the extraordinary work, are qualities that place Giganti in the most elect rank of writers on arms.
Jacopo Gelli (1890)

However his promise to write a second book appeared unfulfilled:

… we should not make promises [we can’t keep] to the curious … Nicoletto Giganti promised to publish a second book, but it cannot be found.

Giuseppe Morsicato Pallavicini (1673)

Or else this work seemed lost to history:

… according to Gelli, Giganti did fulfill his promise to write a subsequent book on single sword and sword with a variety of companion weapons … To my knowledge, this work has not yet resurfaced.

Tom Leoni (2010)

After centuries of waiting, Nicoletto Giganti’s ‘lost’ second book, written in 1608, has been rediscovered, verified and lovingly translated by Piermarco Terminiello and Joshua Pendragon.

The discovery of an apparently unique extant copy of Giganti’s legendary second book is certainly a remarkable achievement … The release of a body of work from a great Renaissance master, thought lost (or never to have existed) for hundreds of years, is very exciting indeed, and a major new contribution to the modern effort to rediscover the lost arts of defence.
Tobias Capwell (2013)

It may be a little late for Mr Pallavicini, but one of this generation’s most exciting HEMA finds will be available this year, as a paperback and limited edition leather bound hardback.

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The paperback will be available on demand via Amazon. Publication of the paperback is expected on 15th November 2013, pricing TBC.

Limited edition hardcovers are by pre-order only, as they will be individually prepared for each customer by Black Orchard Books. Please allow up to six weeks from the publication date for these to arrive. Limited edition hardbacks are available to pre-order from SpaceWitch at £75. A maximum of 50 of these will be produced with embossed leather covers, made by hand.

An ebook is being considered for future distribution.