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Dell'Arte di Scrima Libri Tre
Three Books on the Art of Defense
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Author(s) Giovanni dall'Agocchie
Dedicated to Fabio Pepoli, Count of Castiglione
Place of origin Venice, Italy
Language Italian
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Publisher G. Tamborino
Publication date 1572
Pages 80
Treatise scans

Dell'Arte di Scrima Libri Tre ("Three Books on the Art of Defense") is an Italian fencing manual written by Giovanni dall'Agocchie and published in 1572. It treats the use of the side sword, both single and with secondary weapons, after the Bolognese fashion and represents a shift in the system toward a more thrust-oriented style.

Publication History

Dell'Arte di Scrima Libri Tre was published in Venice in 1572 by G. Tamborino. A second edition may have been published in 1580.

An English translation was prepared by Jherek Swanger and self-published in 2018 under the title The Art of Defense: on Fencing, the Joust, and Battle Formation, by Giovanni dall’Agocchie.



Title page
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66r (detail)
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74v (detail)
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Additional Resources

The following is a list of publications containing scans, transcriptions, and translations relevant to this article, as well as published peer-reviewed research.


Copyright and License Summary

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Work Author(s) Source License
Images Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
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Transcription Benjamin Conan Index:Dell'Arte di Scrima Libri Tre (Giovanni dall'Agocchie)