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Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme (Giacomo di Grassi)

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Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme
"His True Arte of Defence"
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Title page of the first edition
Full title Di Grassi, His True Arte of Defence, plainlie teaching by infallable Demonstrations apt Figures and perfect Rules the manner and forme how a man without other Teacher or Master may safelie handle all sortes of Weapons as well offensive as defensive
Author(s) Giacomo di Grassi
Translator(s) Thomas Churchyard (1594)
Dedicated to Borrow, Lord Governor of the Breil
Place of origin
  • Venice, Italy (1570)
  • London, England (1594)
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Publication date 1570
Pages 151
Treatise scans

Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme ("Discourse on Wielding Arms with Safety") is an Italian fencing manual written by Giacomo di Grassi and printed in 1570; it was also printed in England after di Grassi transplanted there. Di Grassi's art was probably designed for the side sword, but the English translator states that he felt it was more appropriate for the rapier.

Publication History

Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme was published in Venice, Italy in 1570 by Giordano Ziletti.

In 1594, an English edition was commissioned by Thomas Churchyard; it was translated by I. G. and printed in London by I. Iaggard under the title His True Arte of Defence.


i - iv Preface
1 - 15 Introduction
16 - 35 Single rapier
36 - 49 Rapier and dagger
49 - 59 Rapier and cloak
59 - 68 Rapier and buckler
68 - 75 Rapier and targe
75 - 84 Rapier and rotella
84 - 93 Double rapiers
93 - 99 Greatsword
99 - 110 Polearms (bill, partisan, halberd, and javelin)
110 - 118 Pike
119 - 144 The false art
144 - 151 Physical training


Title pages

Italian edition (1570)
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English edition (1594)
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Portrait (1570)
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Illustrations (1570)

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Illustrations (1594)

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Figure 21
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Additional Resources


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 (1570) Kelly Hatcher, Niccolò Menozzi Index:Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme (Giacomo di Grassi)
Transcription (1594) Early English Books Online Index:DiGrassi his true Arte of Defence (Giacomo di Grassi)