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Captain Peloquin

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Captain Peloquin
Born 16th Century
Died 17th Century (?)
Occupation Fencing master
Nationality French
Patron Henri IV of France
Genres Fencing manual
Language Middle French
Notable work(s) Cabinet d’Escrime de l’espee
et poingnardt
Archetype(s) Currently lost (ca. 1585)
Manuscript(s) MS KB.73.J.39 (1600s)
Translations Traduction française

Captain Peloquin was a 16th century French soldier and fencing master. He is described as "one of the four leading fencing masters of France", and his treatise notes that he trained King Henri IV of France in fencing. This likely occurred in the 1570s, giving us an approximate time frame for Peloquin's career.

Toward the end of the 16th century, Peloquin authored a fencing treatise titled Cabinet d'escrime de l'espee et poingnardt ("Showcase of Fencing with the Sword and Dagger").[1] The only extant copy, current MS KB.73.J.39, was made by J. de La Haye, a friend of Peloquin's, between 1600 and 1609. Peloquin's treatise is distinctive for its abstract diagrams consisting of floating weapons and feet with lines connecting them to disembodied hearts and faces.


Additional Resources


  1. Matt Galas estimates that it was written in the 1580s or 1590s based on internal evidence.