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== Gallery ==
== Gallery ==
For the present this gallery only contains the pages which are missing from the scans of the 1606 linked above.
<h3 style="clear:both;"> Title pages </h3>
{{image|Scola overo Teatro i.jpg|Title Page}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti Title 1606.png|1606}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro ii.jpg|Coat of Arms}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro iii.jpg|Dedication}}
<h3 style="clear:both;"> Illustrations </h3>
{{image|Scola overo Teatro iv.jpg|Dedication}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro v.jpg|Dedication}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti Medici Heraldry.png|Medici Heraldry}}
{{image|h=1|Nicoletto Giganti portrait.png|Portrait}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro vii.jpg|Printer's Preface}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 01.png|Figure 1}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro viii.jpg|Printer's Preface}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 02.png|Figure 2}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro ix.jpg|Printer's Preface}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 03.png|Figure 3}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro x.jpg|Printer's Preface}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 04.png|Figure 4}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro xi.jpg|Printer's Preface}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 05.png|Figure 5}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro xii.jpg|Printer's Preface}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 06.png|Figure 6}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro xiii.jpg|Printer's Preface}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 07.png|Figure 7}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro xiv.jpg|Printer's Preface}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 08.png|Figure 8}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro xv.jpg|Legal Notice}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 09.png|Figure 9}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro xvi.jpg|Copyright Notice}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 10.png|Figure 10}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro 01.jpg|1}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 11.png|Figure 11}}
{{image|Scola overo Teatro 02.jpg|2}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 12.png|Figure 12}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 13.png|Figure 13}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 14.png|Figure 14}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 15.png|Figure 15}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 16.png|Figure 16}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 17.png|Figure 17}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 18.png|Figure 18}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 19.png|Figure 19}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 20.png|Figure 20}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 21.png|Figure 21}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 22.png|Figure 22}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 23.png|Figure 23}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 24.png|Figure 24}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 25.png|Figure 25}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 26.png|Figure 26}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 27.png|Figure 27}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 28.png|Figure 28}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 29.png|Figure 29}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 30.png|Figure 30}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 31.png|Figure 31}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 32.png|Figure 32}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 33.png|Figure 33}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 34.png|Figure 34}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 35.png|Figure 35}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 36.png|Figure 36}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 37.png|Figure 37}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 38.png|Figure 38}}
{{image|h=1|Giganti 39.png|Figure 39}}
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== Additional Resources ==
== Additional Resources ==

Revision as of 22:16, 12 July 2020

Scola, overo teatro
School, or Fencing Hall
Scola overo Teatro i.jpg
Full title Scola, overo teatro, nelquale sono
rappresentate diverse maniere, e modi di
parare, e di ferire di spada sola, e di spada,
e pugnala
Author(s) Nicoletto Giganti
Illustrated by Odoarco Fialetti
Dedicated to Cosimo II de' Medici
Place of origin Siena, Tuscany
Language Italian
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Publisher Giovanni Antonio & Giacomo de' Franceschi
Publication date 1606, 1610, 1619, 1622, 1628, 1644
Pages 95 pages
Treatise scans

Scola, overo teatro ("School, or Fencing Hall") is an Italian fencing manual written by Nicoletto Giganti and printed in 1606. It treats the use of the single rapier and the rapier and dagger. The treatise is structured as a series of progressively more complex lessons, and Tom Leoni opines that this treatise is the best pedagogical work on rapier fencing of its time.[1] Based on the number of republications over the succeeding decades it seems to have been quite popular, and fencing historians have praised it both for its organization and as the first text to fully describe the use of the lunge.

Publication History

Scola, overo teatro was first printed in Venice in 1606 by Giovanni Antonio and Giacomo de' Franceschi. The Grand Duchy of Tuscany granted Giganti a special protection against unauthorized reprints for a term of 30 years, but this copyright was repeatedly ignored, including a 1610 printing and the 1628 edition published in Padua by Paolo Frambotto.

In 1619, still within the copyright period, the treatise was translated into French and German and published in Frankfurt by Jacques de Zeter under the title Escrime Novvelle ov Theatre ("New Fencing or Theater"). He also included translations of Salvator Fabris' 1606 treatise, which has oddly lead various fencing historians to accuse Giganti of plagiarism. This parallel edition was reprinted in 1622 and again in 1644.

In 2010, Scola, overo teatro was translated into English by Tom Leoni and published by Freelance Academy Press under the title Venetian Rapier: The School, or Salle. A second English translation, titled Nicoletto Giganti's the School of the Sword was released in 2014 by Aaron Taylor Mediema.


i - iii Preface by Nicoletto Giganti
v - xiv Publisher's preface
1 - 47 Rapier by Nicoletto Giganti
48 - 95 Rapier and dagger by Nicoletto Giganti


Title pages

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Medici Heraldry
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Figure 1
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Figure 2
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Figure 3
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Figure 4
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Figure 40
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Figure 42
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Additional Resources

  • Leoni, Tom. Venetian Rapier: The School, or Salle. Nicoletto Giganti's 1606 Rapier Fencing Curriculum. Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9825911-2-3
  • Mediema, Aaron Taylor. Nicoletto Giganti's the School of the Sword: A New Translation by Aaron Taylor Miedema. Legacy Books Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1927537077


  1. Leoni, p xi.

Copyright and License Summary

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