Arte de Esgrima (Portugese)

This is the modern Portuguese edition of Domingos Luís Godinho’s Arte de Esgrima, a long-time out of stock classic from the AGEA editora fund that urgently needed to be revised and re-edited.

The Portuguese-language update was carried out by Filipe Martins, from the Academia de Esgrima Histórica, with help from Luís França. Between both, they prepared a modern and accessible version for easy reading, which is preceded by contextualizing antetexts and essays such as the legislation relating to swords in contemporary Portugal, or the role of fencing as an art in the cultural framework of the time.

In 1599, during the period when the Portuguese crown was united to the crowns of Castile and Aragon, a Portuguese master called Domingo Luis Godinho wrote a manuscript in Spanish entitled Arte de Esgrima (The Art of Fencing). The book was never published, and almost nothing is known about its author’s life beyond him being born in Santarém. However, the text is of utmost relevance in the study of Iberian schools of fencing, since it is the single complete treatise discovered so far describing the old style, the one to be displaced by the apogee of Verdadeira Destreza.

The work, originally written in 137 folios that we present as in 230 pages in this current edition, includes instructions for the single sword, sword and rotella, sword and buckler, twin swords, sword and dagger, sword and cape, plus the longest known text on the use of the iberian montante.


33 in stock

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Filipe Martins, Luís França

Published in

Santiago de Compostela : AGEA Editora, 2021.


Luis Godinho







Physical description

Papel marfim de alta gramatura. Capas em cartolina verjurada.


AGEA Clássica

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