Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi – 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Filippo Vadi (Hardcover) / Author: Fillipo Vadi / Translator: Luca Porzio ; de Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi (Italian, Hardcover) / Author: Philippo Vadi ; ; Fencing, Combat sports & self-defence, Sports & outdoor recreation. De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi. Philippo Vadi. Translated by Guy Windsor. Page 2 . To my most illustrious Prince. Guido di Montefeltro. Duke of Urbino. I offer this.

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Against one foe the thrust finds good use, and against many no more does its duty. He then says that all which he wrote in the book has been personally tested by himself, and that other dubious things were not included. Vadi also occasionally uses metaphor whose meaning may no longer be clear. Draft translation by Luca Porzio from the Bascetti Edition. Remembering to anybody not to undertake with temerity the study of this Art and science, if he is not magnanimous and full of valor; for any man slow-witted, fearful and vile shall be driven out and not admitted to such a high noble and courteous enterprise.

Vadi incorporates his knowledge of Fiore’s treatise and fencing techniques and alters them as well as adding some new techniques which results in a midway point between the fencing of late-medieval Italy, and the pre-rapier, Bolognese style renaissance fencing notable maestros include Marozzo, Dardi, and Di Luca.

Vadi listed the same number of blows as Dei Liberi six cuts and one thrust and gave a similar, if not identical, series of twelve guards with only a few name additions.

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Main page Masters Treatises Techniques Weapons. His verses describe a range of techniques and principles for various knightly weapons. The main body of text is largely a redaction of the writings of Fiore de’i Liberigenerally repeating the text of Liberi’s Flos Duellatorum ; the layout is likewise very similar to that of his later Florius de Arte Glzdiatoria.

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Below we present a rough draft translation of Vadi’s introduction and 16 chapters by Luca Porzio, along with sharp images of the complete illustrations courtesy of Marco Rubboli’s recent Italian translation edition by permission. Cookies are little nuggets of information that web servers store on your computer to make it easier for them to keep track of your browsing session.

He has an interest for history and culture, especially of the European Middle Ages, and for strategy and martial culture both ancient and modern. In translating and transcribing Medieval verses in to modern English certain captions had to be separated or combined in order dimicabdi render them more easily understandable.

Axe by Philippo di Vadi.

Index:De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi (MS Vitt.Em.1324)

This work is a few years old, but isn’t the sort of book that rapidly dates like an interpretation. Luca Porzio’s fine English translation brings this work to life as an instructional manual in a deadly combat system.

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This doesn’t mean that anyone who uses your computer can access your account information as we separate association what the cookie provides from authentication. In the future gladiiatoria precise wording will become available. Contributors Editors Forum Global map Hroarr. Vadi does not distinguish between different angles of cut; all descending cuts are fendenti.

Accompanying the exquisitely wrought text, finely translated by Luca Porzio, are 56 color plates showing many of the techniques explained in the chapters and by other historical masters, but in this case, with such a beautiful rendering that they are works of art unto themselves.


Vadi was one of a number of fencing teachers of his days travelling from court to court instructing in the noble sicence and Art of defence. Many students also feel study of Vadi offers insights into Fiore’s method. Get to Know Us.

Fillipo Vadi – Liber de Arte Gladitoria de Dimicandi

Retrieved from ” https: Editing and commentary by John Clements. If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots. Although Vadi dedicated his verses to Guidobaldo, it is unknown if he ever was dimicandu supported by the Duke or ws ever a member of the court of Urbino, where in the days of Federico another Duke of Urbino fencing teachers were regularly employed.

It seems almost certain that Vadi stood in the tradition of Liberi, or at the very least possessed a copy of his fencing manual. It contains sections on longsword, fighting in armour with sword and pollaxe, dagger and unarmed vs glzdiatoria.

Besides Fiore Dei Liberi manual ofVadi represents the only other Italian master of Medieval weapons and fencing that we now have. Webarchive template wayback links Articles needing additional references from January Dimicadni articles needing additional references.