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Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme (Giacomo di Grassi)
|Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme|
|"His True Arte of Defence"|
Title page of the first edition
|Full title||Di Grassi, His True Arte of Defence, plainlie teaching by infallable Demonstrations apt Figures and perfect Rules the manner and forme how a man without other Teacher or Master may safelie handle all sortes of Weapons as well offensive as defensive|
|Author(s)||Giacomo di Grassi|
|Translator(s)||Thomas Churchyard (1594)|
|Dedicated to||Borrow, Lord Governor of the Breil|
|Place of origin|
Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme ("Discourse on Wielding Arms with Safety") is an Italian fencing manual written by Giacomo di Grassi and printed in 1570; it was also printed in England after di Grassi transplanted there. Di Grassi's art was probably designed for the side sword, but the English translator states that he felt it was more appropriate for the rapier.
Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme was published in Venice, Italy in 1570 by Giordano Ziletti.
In 1594, an English edition was commissioned by Thomas Churchyard; it was translated by I. G. and printed in London by I. Iaggard under the title His True Arte of Defence.
|i - iv||Preface|
|1 - 15||Introduction|
|16 - 35||Single rapier|
|36 - 49||Rapier and dagger|
|49 - 59||Rapier and cloak|
|59 - 68||Rapier and buckler|
|68 - 75||Rapier and targe|
|75 - 84||Rapier and rotella|
|84 - 93||Double rapiers|
|93 - 99||Greatsword|
|99 - 110||Polearms (bill, partisan, halberd, and javelin)|
|110 - 118||Pike|
|119 - 144||The false art|
|144 - 151||Physical training|
- di Grasso, Giacomo; Saviolo, Vincentio; Silver, George. Three Elizabethan Fencing Manuals. Ed. James Louis Jackson. Scholars Facsimilies & Reprint, 1972. ISBN 978-0820111070
- Swanger, W. Jherek. The Way to Employ Arms with Certainty. Self-published, 2013.
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|Transcription (1570)||Kelly Hatcher, Niccolò Menozzi||Index:Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme (Giacomo di Grassi)|
|Transcription (1594)||Early English Books Online||Index:DiGrassi his true Arte of Defence (Giacomo di Grassi)|