“The sword and buckler forms of the Bolognese masters Antonio Manciolino and Achille Marozzo”
The sword and buckler forms of the Bolognese masters Antonio Manciolino and Achille Marozzo are known for their flourishes and wide plays. However, within their works are several plays at close measure that require focus on blade control and ‘joining’ of the buckler with the sword. This workshop will consider these plays in light of the interpretation undertaken by the Renaissance Sword Club over the past year, in particular examining the reduction of movements that are entailed. Students will require full protective equipment, including mask, jacket and leg protection, as well as a round buckler and sword (preferably with forward rings)
Mandatory equipment: mask, jacket and leg protection, round buckler and sword (preferably with forward rings)
Works in Progress : the pictures of The Book of Lessons (Lecture)
The lecture will be on The Book of Lessons by Pedro De Heredia (early 17th century), specifically mechanics through pictures. It will show how the treatise artist made small yet significant alterations to the fencing depictions between drafts. The lecture will consider not just the change in techniques but what this tells us about the audience. Attendees will get to see as yet unpublished pictures
‘Sword Club, and his main passions are for rapier and sidesword. The main historical masters he studies are Pedro De Heredia; Girolamo Cavalcabo; and Giovanni dall’Agocchie. He has translated a number of French treatises, including The Book of Lessons (mid seventeenth century); L’Espée de Combat (Dancie, 1623); Treatise or Instruction for Fencing (Hieronyme Cavalcabo 1597), and Le Maistre D’Arme Liberal (Besnard, 1653). Rob is currently studying for his PhD at Winchester University, researching fencing instruction during the Renaissance. He is also active on the international tournament scene, both as a competitor and organiser. However, his main passion remains teaching, and is recognised for his work on rapier and dagger. Aside from teaching, research and competitions, Rob is half of the ‘Alte Herren’ HEMA video blog, with Hans Jornlind.