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Regole di molti cavagliereschi essercitii (Federico Ghisliero)

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Regole di moltio cavagliereschi essercitii
"Rules of Many Knightly Exercises"
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Author(s) Federico Ghisliero
Dedicated to
  • Antonino Pio Bonello
  • Ranuccio Farnese
Place of origin Parma
Language Italian
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Publisher Erasmo Viotto
Publication date 1587
Pages 190
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Regole di moltio cavagliereschi essercitii ("Rules of Many Knightly Exercises") is an Italian fencing manual written by Federico Ghisliero and printed in 1587. It covers the use of the rapier, both single and with secondary weapons, as well as the spear and mounted fencing.

Publication History

Regole di moltio cavagliereschi essercitii was published in Parma, Italy in 1587 by Erasmo Viotto. It is unusual in that the illustrations seem to have been not included in the base book, but rather drawn in by artists after the printing was complete. For this reason, no two copies of the book have precisely the same artwork or the same number of illustrations. It's unclear if Ghisliero intended to have printed illustrations but couldn't afford to commission them, or if the scheme was intentional and buyers paid extra for each illustration added.

A manuscript copy is preserved in the Museo dell'Arte Marziale in Botticino, Italy, which might be the preparatory manuscript used to create the book and the source of the illustrations.



Title pages

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Most of these illustrations come from the copy held by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, but to demonstrate the diversity of illustrations, examples from the copy held by the Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna (which only has sixteen illustrations) have been included where they differ noticeably.

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Figure 4 (alt)
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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.

  • Anglo, Sydney (1994). "Sixteenth-century Italian drawings in Federico Ghisliero's Regole di molti cavagliereschi essercitii." Apollo 140(393): 29-36.


Copyright and License Summary

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

Work Author(s) Source License
Images Bibliothèque nationale de France
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Transcription Nicola Boyd Index:Regole di molti cavagliereschi essercitii (Federico Ghisliero)