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Octavio Ferrara

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Octavio Ferrara
Born date of birth unknown
Zaragoza, Spain
Died after 1625
Occupation Fencing master
Nationality Spanish
Patron Don Juan Ferdinando, Baron of Grünburg
Movement La Verdadera Destreza
Genres Fencing manual
Language Spanish
Notable work(s) Compendio y Philosophia y Deztreza
de las Armas
Manuscript(s) MS R4-B274 (1900s)
Concordance by Michael Chidester

Octavio Ferrara was a 17th century Spanish fencing master. He seems to have been a resident of Zaragoza, Spain, and in ca. 1624 he was active in Madrid as Master at Arms.[1] The dedication of his treatise suggests that he might have been attached at some point to the court of Don Juan Ferdinando, Baron of Grünburg. In 1625, he wrote an illustrated fencing manual entitled Compendio y Philosophia y Dztreza de las Armas ("Compendium of the Philosophy and Skill at Arms"). The original manuscript was long thought to have been lost and the only remnant a 20th century tracing, but it recently resurfaced at auction and was purchased by Roberto Gotti.


Additional Resources


  1. Archivo General de Palacio. Personal. Caja 778/5