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Filippo Dardi

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Filippo di Bartolomeo Dardi
Born late 1300s
Died 1464
Relative(s) Bartolomeo Dardi (father)
Occupation
Nationality Italian
Alma mater University of Bologna
Movement Bolognese swordsmanship
Influenced Guido Antonio di Luca

Filippo Dardi (died 1464)[1] was a 15th century Italian fencing master. He was an expert not only on fencing, but also astrology, astronomy, geometry, and mathematics.[2] The son of Bartolomeo (or Dardo) Dardi, he was probably Bolognese by birth (though records exist of a Spanish Lippo Dardi teaching at the University of Bologna between 1444 and 1453).[citation needed]

In 1412, Dardi was licensed as a fencing master and opened a school in Bologna (in via Pietralata);[2] beginning in 1443, he received an annual stipend of 150 lire from the city in exchange for reducing his fees.[3] In 1434, he seems to have written a treatise on fencing and geometry, and was subsequently given a professorship in geometry at the University of Bologna.[1] Though Dardi's treatise has since been lost, he influenced a great number of prominent 15th century masters, including Antonio Manciolino, Achilles Marozzo, Angelo Viggiani, and Giovanni dall'Agocchie. Dardi is often credited as the founder of the Bolognese school of swordsmanship, though there is evidence that he was preceded by earlier masters in the late 14th century.[citation needed]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Marco Rubboli and Luca Cesari. The Knightly Art of Combat of Filippo Vadi. Document circulated online.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Philippo di Vadi. Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi: 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Filippo Vadi. Trans. Luca Porzio and Gregory Mele. Union City, CA: Chivalry Bookshelf, 2002.
  3. Trevor Dean. "Lippo Dardi". Ed. Brian Stokes. Schola San Marco, 2015.