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== Additional Resources ==
== Additional Resources ==
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  | work        = Transcription
  | work        = Transcription
  | authors    = [[Olivier Dupuis]]
  | authors    = [[Olivier Dupuis]]
  | source link = http://ardamhe.free.fr/biblio/Sainct_Didier_Transcription_1.1.pdf
  | source link = http://ffamhe.fr/sources/Sainct_Didier_Transcription_1.1.pdf
  | source title= ARDAMHE
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Latest revision as of 23:32, 14 February 2021

Les secrets du premier livre sur l'espée seule
Secrets of the Premier Book on the Single Sword
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Author(s) Henry de Sainct Didier
Illustrated by Unknown
Dedicated to Charles IX of France
Place of origin Paris, France
Language Middle French
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Publication date 1573
Pages 180 pages
Treatise scans

Les secrets du premier livre sur l'espée seule ("Secrets of the Premier Book on the Single Sword") is a French fencing manual written by Henry de Sainct Didier and printed in 1573.[1] The treatise is lavishly illustrated and stands out as the oldest surviving French treatise on swordsmanship. It is also quite innovative, including the first use of footwork diagrams in a fencing manual.

Publication History

The first edition of Les secrets du premier livre sur l'espée seule was printed in Paris, France on 4 June 1573 by Jean Mettayer and Matthurin Challenge. Sainct Didier secured a royal privilege to prevent unauthorized reproduction for a period of ten years, but no additional printings are known to exist before a facsimile was produced in 1907 by the Société du Livre d'Art Ancien et Moderne.


1r - 20v Preface by Henry de Sainct Didier
21r - 86v Side sword by Henry de Sainct Didier
87r - 90v Conclusion by Henry de Sainct Didier


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Additional Resources

  • Hyatt, Robert Preston and Wilson, Devon. "The Single Sword of Henry de Sainct Didier." Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts. Ed. Jeffrey Hull. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-58160-668-3
  • Sainct Didier, Henry de. The Single Sword of Henry de Sainct Didier (Traicté Contenant Les Secrets Du Premier Livre Sur L'Espée Seule). Trans. Robert Preston Hyatt and Devon Wilson. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1581607048
  • Slee, Chris. Secrets of the Sword Alone. LongEdge Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0646926353


  1. According to the title page.

Copyright and License Summary

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

Work Author(s) Source License
Images Les Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes
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Transcription Olivier Dupuis FFAMHE