A detailed review of the design and construction of the Malleus Martialis Galante rapier which I recently bought.
A complete scan of Federico Ghisliero’s treatise is online!
Guillaume Vauthier has compiled and analyzed a great amount of publicly available data on rapiers, and has kindly allowed me to host it here.
The manuscript treatise by Giovan Antonio Lovino does not get the attention that it deserves. The two parts of this richly illuminated 16th century treatise have a number of original features that make it essential for a study of fencing in these times.
In this post, I share a rough plan of Thibault’s huge treatise intended to help navigate it.
This post explores Ridolfo Capoferro’s advice about weapon length. Are the text and illustrations consistent? What measurements do they give? Are there original swords of such size?