Michael Chidester wrote:Well, trouble is that fencing historiography is a bitch and it's hard to be sure of anything written more than a few decades ago. It's entirely possible that someone noticed the presence of the Florius in Paris and then invented a wild story about Fiore teaching there and whatnot based on that single fact. People are currently looking for the Novati article that allegedly makes the original claim, but we won't know for sure unless we can locate the archival records that Novati allegedly cites.
Weighing against the possibility that Fiore made it while he was in Paris is the fact that the art in the manuscript has several errors that would have been caught and corrected (presumably) had he personally been involved.
Titre : [Florius, de arte luctandi].
Date d'édition : 1401-1500
Type : manuscrit
Langue : Latin
Format : 44 ff. - Peintures. - 255 × 195 mm. - Reliure parchemin moucheté
Droits : domaine public
Identifiant : ark:/12148/btv1b8514426f
Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 11269
Description :[/b] Figure sur la liste récapitulative d'acquisitions du 10 mars 1756; cf. B.n.F., département des Manuscrits, Archives Ancien Régime 65, registre des acquisitions du département des Manuscrits 1667-1758, f. 353 "Florius de arte luctandi cum fig. depictis ms. sur velin in 4"; — ex-libris gravé "Du cabinet des livres de Pontchartrain" (contreplat sup.)
Provenance : bnf.fr
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