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Le tre giornate
"The Three Days"
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Full title Le tre giornate di Marc'Antonio Pagano gentil’huomo napoletano – dintorno alla disciplina dell'arme et spetialmente della spada sola
Author(s) Marc'Antonio Pagano
Dedicated to Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba, Duke of Sessa
Place of origin Naples, Italy
Language Italian
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Publisher Cilio d'Alife
Publication date 1553
Pages 200 pages, 100cc.
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Le tre giornate di Marc'Antonio Pagano ("The Three Days of Marcantonio Pagano") is an Italian fencing manual written by Marc'Antonio Pagano and published in 1553. Though it is dedicated to Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba, third duke of Sessa,[1] it is written in the form of a dialogue between Pagano and different personalities of the entourage of Luigi Carafa, prince of Stigliano. Many of them are preeminent authors of the contemporary literature and poetry, as well as famous men-at-arms (Castriota, Di Costanzo, Cantelmo, Rota, etc.), but the group also includes the prince's 10-year-old son.

Furthermore, we find the knowledge about the use of weapons deeply tied with other topics, as bucolic and pastoral narrations, like the one of hunting; the description of the marvelous palace of Mondragone; the essay on the history of fighting, etc. We are still in a period in which the art of fencing is deeply tied with and influenced by military weapons and customs.

Publication history

Le tre giornate was printed in 1553 by Cilio d'Alife. However, some internal evidence suggests that the work was probably finished between the end of 1549 and the first months of 1550.[2]



Additional Resources

The following is a list of publications containing scans, transcriptions, and translations relevant to this article, as well as published peer-reviewed research.

  • De Filippo, Marco (2015). Le tre giornate di Marc'Antonio Pagano, gentil'huomo napoletano, d'intorno alla disciplina de l'arme et spetialmente della spada sola. Edizioni Spring. ISBN 978-88-9703-323-3.


  1. Who was the son of the duke to whom Antonio Manciolino dedicated his own work.
  2. There is, for example, an explicit reference to the conclave for the election of Pope Giulio III, which ended in February of that year.

Copyright and License Summary

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

Work Author(s) Source License
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Transcription Niccolò Menozzi The Spadone Project