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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.


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.