Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise Ebook

Ken Mondschein ,
Publication: Italica Press, Inc.
Is my Device Supported?

You're about to purchase a Downloadable Ebook

Hi, sorry for the interruption!
We're repeating some important information here to ensure that you're making an informed purchase. Please review it.

  • Don't get caught unaware. Preview ebook and open the sample ebook on each of your intended devices before continuing.
  • You will need a Free 3rd-party application that can read the intermediate .acsm file you will receive as download. PDF/Epub format is downloaded automatically by the application thereafter. Please install the necessary software first on your intended device of use.
  • - Printing is not permitted.
    - You cannot copy text from file.
  • Refund Policy
    Refunds are not allowed after the ebook is opened so please open the ebook directly on your intended device. Refund requests should be recieved within 7 days after download is made available. Of course, if you get an incorrect ebook ( different from what is mentioned in the title) or if the ebook doesn't open on the initial device, then we'll assist with fixing the issue or get you a refund if a timely fix isn't available.
  • Customer Service
    We currently only provide ticket (online form submission) or email support. Rest assured that you're in good hands; customers like our professional service!
I have previewed the ebook and read the requirements and terms.

Language: English
Publication Date: November 2009
File Size: 2867 Kbytes

Restrictions set by Publisher:
- Text-to-speech feature not available.
- Printing is not permitted.
- You cannot copy text from file.
- Free application Adobe Digital Editions, Aldiko reader, or Bluefire reader required .
Change Region
ISBN: 9781599101507   Should I buy this Ebook?   Write a Review


Camillo Agrippa’s widely influential “Treatise on the Science of Arms” was a turning point in the history of fencing. The author – an engineer by trade and not a professional master of arms – was able to radically re-imagine teaching the art of fencing. Agrippa’s treatise is the fundamental text of Western swordsmanship. Just as earlier swordsmanship can be better understood from Agrippa’s critiques, so too was his book the starting point for the rapier era. Every other treatise of the early-modern period had to deal explicitly or implicitly with Agrippa’s startling transformation of the art and science of self-defense with the sword. Likewise, all of the fundamental ideas that are still used today- distance, time, line, blade opposition, counterattacks and countertime – are expressed in this paradigm-shifting treatise. This is a work that should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history, practice or teaching of fencing. His treatise was also a microcosm of sixteenth-century thought. It examines the art, reduces it to its very principles, and reconstructs it according to a way of thinking that incorporated new concepts of art, science and philosophy. Contained within this handy volume are concrete examples of a new questioning of received wisdom and a turn toward empirical proofs, hallmarks of the Enlightenment. The treatise also presents evidence for a redefinition of elite masculinity in the wake of the military revolution of the sixteenth century. At the same time, is offers suggestive clues to the place of the hermetic tradition in the early-modern intellectual life and its implications for the origins of modern science. Camillo Agrippa’s “Treatise on the Science of Arms” was first published in Rome in 1553 by the papal printer Antonio Blado. The original treatise was illustrated with 67 engravings that belong to the peak of Renaissance design. They are reproduced here in full. “Mondschein has at last made available to English-speaking readers one of the most important texts in the history of European martial arts. Agrippa marks a turning point in the intellectual history of these arts…. Mondschein’s introduction to his work helps the reader understand Agrippa- and the martial practices themselves – as pivotal agents in the evolving cultural and intellectual systems of the sixteenth century. Above all, Mondschein’s translation is refreshingly clean and idiomatic, rendering the systematic clarity of the Italian original into equally clear modern English – evidence of the author’s familiarity with modern fencing and understanding of the physical realities that his author is trying to express. Mondschein’s contextualization of his topic points the way for future scholarly exploration, and his translation will doubtless be valued by both students of cultural history and practitioners of modern sword arts.” – Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng, Paul S. Morgan Curator-Higgins Armory Museum, Adj. Assoc. Prof. of Humanities, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Introduction, glossary, notes, bibliography, 67 illustrations, 234 pp.


Tai Chi Ch'uan 24 Forms for Curious Learners ebook cover
Save 11.06%
The Essential Swami Ramdas ebook cover
Save 23.25%

Should you buy this Ebook?

We've put together a collection of resources to help you make a decision regarding whether you should buy this Ebook from us.

  1. Is your device one of these? Ebook reading software will work on the following devices: Windows, Mac, Android 2.2+ Devices, IPad (iOS 3+), IPhone (iOS 3+), Kindle Fire. Several other devices are also supported by the software.
  2. Compare prices. Our price is $10.00. If you would like to research our competitors to see their prices. Here're some places to look:
  3. Why should you buy Ebooks from onlinebookplace.com?

    We've had 1000s of downloads so far and with over 300000+ Ebooks to choose from, onlinebookplace.com is becoming a favorite Ebook Store for many. Allow us to win you over with our competitive pricing, upfront policies and diligent customer service.

    We're Upfront:

    • Every Ebook page on onlinebookplace.com has information on restrictions that publishers have placed on the Ebook along with a clear indication of software required to read the Ebooks.
    • If ratings for an Ebook are available from one of several sources online, then we've attempted to get those to help you make a better purchasing decision about the Ebook. Reviews from Goodreads (a popular reviews site) are provided on the same if they're available.
    • In most cases, we've also attempted to get you links to the Ebook on our competitor's site so that you can compare prices with relative ease.
    • We use McAfee to scan for any vulnerabilities in the system to ensure that any information that you give us does not fall into the wrong hands.
    • We use Paypal, a trusted 3rd party payment provider to accept Payments -- your payment information doen't reside with us. Any information that does end up with us is safe.

After installing the appropriate app for your device, try a Sample Download (Sherlock Holmes from Project Gutenberg) before purchase. The sample is only for checking device compatibility.

Check below for device compatibility and any free 3rd-party software requirements. Choice of what ebook reading app to use is yours, we only present a few common apps that several customers of ours have preferred. You should be able to transfer your purchase to more than one (upto 6) compatible devices as long as your ebook-reading apps have been registered with the same Adobe ID before opening the file.


Windows/Mac PC or Laptop

Free app Adobe Digital Editions required. Note that this software is not the same as Adobe Reader.


Android 2.1+

Free app Aldiko Reader or Bluefire Reader required.

Kindle Fire (and any Android based Kindle models)

Free Kindle Android app Bluefire Reader required.


IPad or IPhone

Free app Bluefire Reader required. Kindly review their tutorial for the requirement (note that while they're talking about library ebooks, same applies to your purchased .acsm file) -- feel free to use the sample download for testing. Tutorial .

Other E-Reader

Several Other devices supported

Devices like Nook are supported via the free application Adobe Digital Editions . This software is not the same as Adobe Reader. Please check compatibility of your device before purchase.

Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise