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New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby KeithFarrell » 19 Feb 2016 19:37

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Today, fighting with dagger versus dagger, or with knife versus knife, is not a common scenario that people might expect to face. However, it was more common in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, when it was normal for people to wear a dagger on their belt. Arguments or fights with daggers could break out; and while duels were more often fought with swords, combatants could also agree to do so with daggers.

This is not a book on modern knife fighting; rather, it is a book dealing with the historical knife fighting of Renaissance Italy. The modern blade aficionado will also find material of interest. The book offers several views of short bladed weapons that were developed and tested when cold steel was the king of weaponcraft and when duels were more common than today.

Carlo Parisi was born in Northern Italy in 1974. He has always been interested in weapons and martial arts, and the two met in Historical Fencing, which he began practising in roughly 1998. A few years later, he started doing his own research, and became a member of HEMAC in 2003. Since then, he's been teaching classes at various events in Europe, and set up his own club in 2011. His main interests are sabres and daggers, but he studies a variety of weapons and methods. This is his first book on fencing.

Book Details:
- Author: Carlo Parisi
- Editor: Keith Farrell
- Illustrators: Carlo Parisi, Andrea Tomassini, Daria Izdebska, Keith Farrell
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 1st February 2016
- ISBN: 978-0-9934216-2-4
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 107
- Height: 20.99 cm
- Width: 14.81 cm
- Language: English

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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby MEversbergII » 19 Feb 2016 20:20

Congrats, all, on the publish! I'll put this in my queue; I did daggers a while and this would go into my library well.

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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby fullplate » 20 Feb 2016 19:45

Mine arrived Friday, have only had a quick look buthave high hopes> Thanks for the prompt service Keith.
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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby KeithFarrell » 20 Feb 2016 20:53

fullplate wrote:Mine arrived Friday, have only had a quick look buthave high hopes> Thanks for the prompt service Keith.


You are very welcome. Please let us know what you think of it once you have had a chance to read it through!
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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby fullplate » 21 Feb 2016 11:35

On a slightly related topic I noticed this http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0764 ... 1_1&sr=8-1. Havent seen it in the flesh yet, supposedly Talhoffer based
Great to see some specific interest in dagger.
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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby KeithFarrell » 21 Feb 2016 13:39

fullplate wrote:On a slightly related topic I noticed this http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0764 ... 1_1&sr=8-1. Havent seen it in the flesh yet, supposedly Talhoffer based
Great to see some specific interest in dagger.


Interesting, I hadn't seen that one before. Thanks!
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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby fullplate » 21 Feb 2016 14:41

No I hadn't seen it either, it popped up on Paul Meekiins site http://www.paulmeekins.co.uk/dom/lhdomindex.htm without any fanfare. There hasn't really been any dagger only publications since Jason Vails book in 2006 and these two later books look much more focused.

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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby MEversbergII » 21 Feb 2016 17:34

Well, Guy Windsor put out one at the tail end of 2012 (which I never actually bought a copy of). I want to say I saw a few publications between 2006 and 2012 but I can't seem to put my finger on them.

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When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat,
The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby fullplate » 21 Feb 2016 18:21

There have been a few that are single sourced, Mark Lancaster et al. covered Fiore as did Colin Richards and Guy Windsor, my searches have also uncoverd one or two in German(which I don't read or speak). Both of these new publications seem to take a wider view of dagger combat. I still haven't had time to read either properly.
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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby MEversbergII » 21 Feb 2016 22:12

Which are "both"? Lots of titles thrown around but the only one I know that takes a wide view is the one by Jason Vail, with all others being Italian or German only, since.

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When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat,
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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby Phil C » 22 Feb 2016 09:58

fullplate wrote: There hasn't really been any dagger only publications since Jason Vails book in 2006

My "How a gentleman shall be armed" through Wyvern Media has a section on knife/dagger play in the French (and by extension Spanish and Italian styles- most of it still in living lineage in the north) style and that came out fairly recently.
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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby fullplate » 22 Feb 2016 14:39

Ah ....nothing like claiming something is so, to find out you have missed a bunch of similar somethings. Hadn't even thought of your work Phil, my bad :oops: :oops: and I will have to look into that.

As for the rest, well, perhaps my argument got a little confused. Carlos' neat little book covers a number of different Italian sources, Vadi, Marozzo, Altoni and Fabris, this is quite different to Windsor, Lancaster and Richards who all present dagger work as part their own interpretation of Fiores system. I will know more about the second book when the copy arrives in a day or two, hopefully the authors will have done something similar for German dagger work.
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Re: New publication: Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

Postby swordflasher » 22 Feb 2016 17:39

My congratulations to Carlo - well done Cap!
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