04-27-2009, 08:36 PM
Here is a listing of recommended reading and study material online and elsewhere. Remember that the library at the Salle has most of the material for study when you are there.
The earliest Bolognese author. Mainly about sword and buckler, but also sword with dagger, rotella, targa, large buckler, cape and another sword. Also polearms and general advices.
Facsimile of his 1531 Opera Nova from Robert J Lord collection:
Translation of first half of the same work, by Jherek Swanger:
Transcriptions (in Italian):
Published by Nomos Editioni. possibly out of print
By Il Cerchio
The most famous of the Bolognese masters, published at least four times from 1536 to 1568. includes sword and buckler and other important topics. Illustrated.
1536 edition, probably the original work (recommended for study)
1568 edition with later copper plate graphics. Note that the intro on the website wrongly notes this as originating from 1615. As far as I know, the 1568 edition is the last reprint before the 21st century.
A pdf of the 1568 edition
Online transcription (in Italian) available from me by PM or email.
Partial translations available online, but none that I would readily recommend.
A massive work that was never published before 2005. Includes huge amounts of examples of various weapon combinations. Originates likely from around 1550.
Transcription (In Italian):
Wrote a structurally and pedagogically very well presented work on sword alone, and accompanied by dagger and cape in 1572. The newest of the Bolognese texts, and includes also a discussion of jousting and military strategy.
Translations of book I and II (swordsmanship and jousting):
Viggiani wrote a work on swordsmanship (among other subjects) in 1555, and the work was published posthumously in 1575. Viggiani was not a master of the Bolognese school, and subjected the art to a little bit of revision, but his work is compatible and has useful inisghts on body mechanics and timing that are crucial to a proper understanding of the style.
Online translation by Jherek Swanger (of Viggiani's book III):
Many thanks to Steve Reich and Tom Leoni from The Order of Seven Hearts, and to Jherek Swanger and William Wilson for the material online!
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