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As we had promised a couple weeks back, The Complete Renaissance Swordsman: a guide to the use of all manner of weapons. Antonio Manciolino's Opera Nova in English, with illustrated technical and historical introductions is in stock and ready to order from Freelance Academy Press.

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Originally published in the 1520’s and reprinted in 1531, Bolognese swordmaster’s Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova is the earliest surviving printed book on Italian martial arts. This seminal and eclectic Renaissance work contains clear and systematic instruction on the use of the sword and small buckler, sword and large buckler, sword and targa, sword and dagger, sword and cape, two swords, sword alone, and sword and round shield, plus a fascinating compendium on the use of polearms. Clearly and elegantly written, Manciolino’s text is one of the best presentations of the martial skills required of the ideal Renaissance man.

For the first time since its original publication, this book has been translated into English, by experienced historical fencing instructor Tom Leoni. The translation is prefaced by an extensive technical introduction, complete with illustrations from original sources and modern photographs, making it easy for anyone to follow Manciolino’s instructions, sword in hand. Also included is an extensive historical background of the Bolognese school in the context of Renaissance Italy, as well as the profile of one of the most fascinating figures who fenced in this style - the flamboyant condottiero Giovanni de’ Medici (1498-1526). By Tom Leoni.

Price is $32.95.

Thanks and we hope you enjoy!

The Freelance Academy Press Team