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Flowers of Battle The Complete Martial Works of Fiore dei Liberi Vol 1
Historical Overview and the Getty Manuscript

By Tom Leoni and Gregory D. Mele

Flowers of Battle The Complete Martial Works of Fiore dei Liberi Vol 1
Hardback, 359 pages £100.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781937439187
Format: 279mm x 214mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Medieval Studies, Military History
Series: Flowers of Battle Series

The ‘Getty Manuscript’ (Il Fior di Battaglia/The Flower of Battle) by the greatest fencing-master of the late 1300s, Fiore Furlan dei Liberi, instructs the reader in the intricacies of combat. Lively illustrations of charging horses and armoured knights accompany the text; through words and pictures, the manuscript teaches a variety of fighting techniques including single combat on foot with sword, dagger and axe, and mounted combat in all its variations.

Fiore’s magnum opus, The Flower of Battle, composed in 1409, is one of the oldest, most extensive and most clearly elucidated martial arts treatises from the medieval period. It is a record of a complete medieval martial tradition, and provides unique insights into the life and milieu of the professional fighting man at the birth of the Italian Renaissance.

Fiore preserved his teachings in a series of illustrated manuscripts, four of which have survived to the present day. The first volume in this new five-part series (see SERIES NOTE) presents a complete translation, transcription and reproduction of the largest and most complete of those four manuscripts. It includes chapters on the life of Fiore dei Liberi, his students and patrons, arms and armour in the Getty Manuscript, duelling and chivalric culture in Italy at the close of the 14th century, a detailed analysis of the manuscripts' use of pedagogy, number and metaphor and The Flower of Battle's relationship to other medieval combat manuscripts.

190 illustrations, 90 in colour.




This is the first volume in a new five-volume series from Freelance Academy Press.  Flowers of Battle is a series of lavishly illustrated hardbacks, combining full-colour facsimiles of the original manuscripts with professional, annotated translations and extensive, peer-reviewed essays.

The Flowers of Battle Series Includes:

Vol. I: Historical Overview and the Getty Manuscript
Vol. II: Flos Duellatorum
Vol. III: Florius de Arte Luctandi
Vol. IV: The Pierpont-Morgan Manuscript and General Concordance
Vol. V: Leaves of Battle – Fiore dei Liberi’s Martial Heirs and Influence

Publisher’s Preface

Part One: Fiore dei Liberi and His World
I. Italy at the Birth of the Renaissance
II. The Master and His Students
III. Understanding the Master Through His Student
IV. Portrait of a Renaissance Despot
V. The Transformation of Chivalry in Late Medieval Italy
VI. The Duel of Honor in the Time of Fiore dei Liberi
VII. The Tools of War

Part Two: The Art of Arms—An Analysis of the Flower of Battle
I. Pedagogy and the Flower of Battle
II. An Overview of Getty Ms. Ludwig XV 13
III. Numbers and Symbols in the Flower of Battle

Part Three: Getty Ms. Ludwig XV 13 Facsimile, Translation, and Transcription
I. Translator’s Notes
II. Facsimile, Transcription, and Translation

A. The Gatari Chronicle of the Galeazzo-Boucicaut Duel
B. Glossary
C. Bibliography





Tom Leoni is a member of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Catholic University of America. He teaches historical Italian fencing in his Alexandria, Virginia, US-based school as well as working as an academic translator, and has published widely on historical Italian swordsmanship.

Gregory D. Mele has been involved in the reconstruction of medieval European martial arts since the early 1990s and is best known for co-founding the Chicago Swordplay Guild for the study of historical European swordsmanship and adjunct arts. Previous publications include contributions to SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship and he is a regular contributor to Western Martial Arts Illustrated.



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Publication Details:

 Hardback , 359 pages
 279mm x 214mm

BIC Code:
  HIS027000, HIS037010, SPO019000, SPO027000
 Freelance Academy Press


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