Entries tagged with “Fiore”.

This coming April, I will be at the annual Association of American Italian Studies Conference to be held April 11-13 2013 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Sean Hayes of the Northwest Fencing Academy and I will be presenting a panel session entitled “L’Arte dell’Armizare: Manuscripts, Texts, Content.”  The panel has been organized by F. Regina Psaki of the University of Oregon. She is also working out details with us to do an armored combat demonstration as well.

Sean wiill  be speaking on “Visual and Rhetorical Strategies of Medieval Martial Arts Texts: Art, Memory, and Performance.”

I will be doing “Patterns of Remedy in Il Fior di Battaglia: Insights from the Practical World into the Pedagogical Structure of Getty Ludwig Manuscript XV 13.”

We’ll be doing our part to raise  awareness in academic circles of the serious work done by WMA researchers in rebuilding and understanding the martial arts of medieval and renaissance Europe.


I just returned from the 47th International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University where I presented a paper entitled “The Gripping Tale of Fiore Dei Liberi’s Fifth Dagger Remedy Master.”  It was the third in a series on the organization of the dagger section in the Getty manuscript of il Fior di Battalia, and was well received.

I am currently working on a paper combining this paper and the two previous ones for inclusion in a proposed proceedings volume for the panel series “Can These Bones Be Brought to Life” that has been sponsored by the Higgins Armory Museum.  If you have my Armizare book from Freelance Academy Press you will still find some material of interest as the paper touches on elements concerning the structure of the plays in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Remedy Masters developed since that manuscript was put to bed.

I am looking forward to attending the Western Martial Arts Workshop this week. Lots of swords, classes, and good folks.

I will be lecturing on the structure of Il Fior di Battaglia as well as teaching a class on the fifth Remedy Master of the dagger and team teaching a “better in armor” class with Sean Hayes.

On Friday, I expect to be participating in the armored deed of arms as one of the tenans holding the field.

It will be a busy time for this sword scholar.

Yesterday at the salle, we did some work with the Fiore’s Fifth Remedy Master of the Dagger to iron out some issues prior to the class I will be presenting at the Western Martial Arts Workshop in Racine WI next month.
We also did some unarmored work with mezza-mella gripped sword, both slow pressure explorations and more energetic wrestling at the sword.  This was a combination of prep work for the class in armored fighting and for the armored deed of arms taking place at WMAW on Friday.
A good, if tiring, day.

armizare book coverOver the past two years, much of my time has been devoted to preparing a book on the Getty manuscript of Fiore dei Liberi’s il Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle).  We are now in the final production stages and expect it to be available in September from Freelance Academy Press.

The covert images should look familiar as they were also used for the blog’s header.

The book is nearly 200 hundred pages long.  It explores the organization of the the manuscript, section by section. Between each text section is an interpretation section where key elements and plays from the manuscript get explored.  The intent is to provide a tool kit for further exploration of the art of arms as recorded by Fiore dei Liberi.  As such, I think it will be a valuable read for both beginner and experienced martial artists alike as well as for those interested in how a medieval manuscript canbe used as a teaching vehicle for a physical art.