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Fiore dei Liberi's Armizare
The Chivalric Martial Arts System of Il Fior di Battaglia

By Robert N. Charrette

Fiore dei Liberi's Armizare
Paperback, 264 pages £32.50
Published: 2011
ISBN: 9780982591178
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Medieval Studies, Military History

Armizare ('the Art of Arms') was the name the warriors of medieval Italy gave to their martial art, which included the wielding of sword, axe and spear with wrestling, knife-fighting and mounted combat. In the waning years of the 14th century, Fiore dei Liberi was a famed master of this art, whose students included some of the most renowned and dangerous fighting men of his day.

Toward the end of his life, Master Fiore preserved his teachings in a series of illustrated manuscripts, four of which have survived to the present day, and have become the basis of a world-wide effort to reconstruct this lost martial art. However, because medieval books were written for an audience with different expectations than the modern readers 'how-to' manuals, today's students often have trouble understanding the old swordsman's choices in including, omitting or organising information as he did. They may see that fighting art was a system, but lack the background to see the systematic instruction of the book itself.

In Armizare: The Chivalric Martial Arts System of il Fior di Battaglia, Robert Charrette brings together his experiences as a martial artist and respected 14th century living historian with his skills as a professional author graphic artist to not only take readers on a walking tour of Master Fiore's manuscripts, but into the mindset behind its creation. More than just an interpretation of an old book's contents, this is a tool-kit that reveals Fiore dei Liberi's brilliance as not just a fighter, but as martial arts teacher. Whether a long-time student, a newcomer to the art or a more academic devoté of the medieval warrior and his craft, readers will find themselves educated and entertained as a door is opened into another time and place - the training hall of the medieval knight.

This is a highly illustrated title.





    The Weapons of Armizare

    The Four Openings

    The Protection of Armor

Il Fior di Battaglia's Organization


    The Way

    Four Steps

    Three Turns

Masters & Scholars

    Interplay of Masters and Scholars

Lessons of Abrazare

    Abrazare Guards

    Abrazare Plays

Lessons of the Dagger

    Dagger Guards

    Dagger Plays

Lessons of the Sword: Sword in One Hand

    Holding the Sword

    Sword in One Hand Guards

    Sword in One Hand Plays

Lessons of the Sword: Sword in Two Hands

    Sword in Two Hands Guards

    Sword in Two Hands Guards

Lessons of the Sword: Sword in Armor

    Sword in Armor Guards

    Sword in Armor Plays

Lessons of the Axe

    Axe Guards

    Axe Plays

    The Axe is a Sword

Lessons of the Spear

    Spear Guards and Plays

Lessons of Mounted Combat


    Distribution of Imagery in Il Fior di Battaglia


    Learning from the Many Faces of Donna

    Master and Scholars Organization Charts

Robert Charrette always wanted to learn the arts of arms. This whole art and expertise he acquired from several American and international masters, in many places and seminars, with much labour and expense. He has composed this book to make the art easier to learn and in the understanding that without books, nobody can truly be a master or student of this art.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 264 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
  HIS027000, HIS037010
 Freelance Academy Press


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