A Fighting Man’s 15th Century Self-Defence Manual

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A glimpse into self-defence from the past. The Fior di Battaglia is a guidebook from the 15th century that details various fighting styles, including armed, unarmed, and mounted combat. Its author and illustrator was Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco, a fencing master from the Holy Roman Empire. His skill was near unmatched, drawing both envy of his skills and anger at his refusal to spar or teach other Masters of Arms. This led to five duels where he emerged victorious and uninjured each time. Fantastic images included. Read full article here

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