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De duello, vel De re militari in singulari certamine (Paride del Pozzo)

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De re militari et de duello
Questions of Honor and Arms
Pozzo title 3.jpg
Title page to the 1521 edition
Full title Duello: libro de re imperatori,
principi signori, gentil'homini, et
de tutti armigeri, cõtinente
disfide concordie, pace, casi
accadenti, et iudicii con ragione
essempli, et authoritate de
Author(s) Paride del Pozzo
Place of origin Napoli, Italy
Language Renaissance Latin
Publisher Sixtus Riessinger
Publication date 1476, 1518, 1521, 1523, 1525,
1530, 1536, 1540, 1544, 1560,
Pages 376 pages
Treatise scans

De re militari et de duello ("On Military Matters and On Dueling") is an Italian treatise on dueling laws and customs written in Renaissance Latin by Paride del Pozzo and published in 1476.

Publication History

De re militari et de duello was printed in Naples in 1476-77 by Sixtus Riessinger; the Latin edition was reprinted in 1543 by Benedictum Bonnyn in Lyon, France.

Some time before 1518 it was translated into Italian, and several Italian editions were printed in Venice thereafter, including in 1518, 1521, 1523, 1540, and 1544.

Also in 1544, it was translated into Spanish and published in Seville, Spain under the title Libro llamado batalla de dos ("Book Called Battle of Two").

In ca. 1580, it was translated a third time, into English by Thomas Bedingfield; the translation is recorded in a manuscript entitled Questions of Honor and Arms (MS V.b.104), but doesn't seem to have ever been published.

Pozzo's treatise, sourced from the Italian version (probably one from the 1520s or 30s), was used by Achille Marozzo as the core of his own work on dueling, published as book 5 of his 1536 treatise Opera nova.


1 - 376 Treatise on duelling by Paride del Pozzo


Title pages

1476 edition (Latin)
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1518 edition (Italian)
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1521 edition (Italian)
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1523 edition (Italian)
1523 edition (Italian)
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1525 edition (Italian)
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1530 edition (Italian)
1536 edition (Italian)
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1540 edition (Italian)
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1543 edition (Latin)
1544 edition (Italian)
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1544 edition (Spanish)
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1560 edition (Italian)
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1580 edition (English)
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