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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, 1501, 1509, 1515, 1518,
1521, 1523, 1525, 1530, 1536,
1540, 1543, 1544, 1560, 1580
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 Italian jurist Paride del Pozzo and published in 1476. It seems to have been quite popular, published in at least thirteen editions over the subsequent century and translated into three other languages; sections were also lifted by Achille Marozzo and formed one the of core components of his own enormously popular treatise on Bolognese fencing.

Publication History

De re militari et de duello was printed in Naples in 1476-77 by Sixtus Riessinger; the Latin edition was reprinted in 1509 and 1515 in Milan, and in 1543 by Benedictum Bonnyn in Lyon, France.

Two apparently-unrelated manuscripts dated to 1501 survive, containing different Spanish translations. Neither of these seem to have been the basis of the 1544 Spanish edition published in Seville, Spain by Dominico de Robertis, under the title Libro llamado batalla de dos ("Book Called the Battle of Two").

Some time before 1518 it was translated into Italian, and several Italian editions were printed in Venice thereafter, including in 1518, 1521, 1523, 1525, 1530, 1536, 1540, and 1544.

In 1536, the Italian version was lifted by Achille Marozzo and integrated into his own work on dueling, published as book 5 of his treatise Opera nova.

Finally, in ca. 1580, the Italian version was translated to English; Thomas Bedingfield's 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.


1 - 373 Treatise on duelling by Paride del Pozzo


Title pages

1476 edition (Latin)
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1501 edition (Spanish)
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1501 edition (Spanish)
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1509 edition (Latin)
1515 edition (Latin)
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1518 edition (Italian)
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1521 edition (Italian)
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1523 edition (Italian)
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1523 edition (Italian)
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1525 edition (Italian)
1530 edition (Italian)
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1536 edition (Italian)
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1540 edition (Italian)
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1543 edition (Latin)
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1544 edition (Italian)
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1544 edition (Spanish)
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1560 edition (Italian)
1580 edition (English)
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