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Errata in the first Spanish edition of Godinho’s Arte de Esgrima Saturday April 2nd, 2022 – Posted in: Destreza Comum

We recently published a second edition in modern Spanish of Arte de Esgrima by Domingo Luis Godinho (which, together with the edition in modern Portuguese that preceded it, forms a pair of readings on the same work that can be purchased and enjoyed together. The second edition of the work is accompanied by some additional paratext, as the Portuguese version has its own essays, so it is not just an amendment of errata. However, on…

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A very brief history of the Verdadeira Destreza in Portugal Thursday May 5th, 2016 – Posted in: Destreza Comum, Verdadeira Destreza

This brief article describes the history of Verdadeira Destreza in Portugal between the XVI and XVIII centuries. It presents the fencing scene as it probably was at the time, sets context for the apparition of Verdadeira Destreza and its eventual displacement of the older common fencing style and lists and describes the known sources.

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An Overview of the Iberian Montante Sunday April 24th, 2016 – Posted in: Verdadeira Destreza

This article gathers a series of notes written while studying the sources on the Iberian montante sword of the late XV century and following centuries. The extant sources are listed and analysed. Different approaches to teaching this weapon’s handling are described, stressing those who can provide a context for its use.

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