Dagger Fencing: The Italian School

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Cite this book as:
Parisi, Carlo. Dagger Fencing: The Italian School. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, February 2016.

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Today, fighting with dagger versus dagger, or with knife versus knife, is not a common scenario that people might expect to face. However, it was more common in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, when it was normal for people to wear a dagger on their belt. Arguments or fights with daggers could break out; and while duels were more often fought with swords, combatants could also agree to do so with daggers.

This is not a book on modern knife fighting; rather, it is a book dealing with the historical knife fighting of Renaissance Italy. The modern blade aficionado will also find material of interest. The book offers several views of short bladed weapons that were developed and tested when cold steel was the king of weaponcraft and when duels were more common than today.

Carlo Parisi was born in Northern Italy in 1974. He has always been interested in weapons and martial arts, and the two met in Historical Fencing, which he began practising in roughly 1998. A few years later, he started doing his own research, and became a member of HEMAC in 2003. Since then, he's been teaching classes at various events in Europe, and set up his own club in 2011. His main interests are sabres and daggers, but he studies a variety of weapons and methods. This is his first book on fencing.

Book Details:
- Author: Carlo Parisi
- Editor: Keith Farrell
- Illustrators: Carlo Parisi, Andrea Tomassini, Daria Izdebska, Keith Farrell
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 1st February 2016
- ISBN: 978-0-9934216-2-4
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 107
- Height: 20.99 cm
- Width: 14.81 cm
- Language: English

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Review - 16th March 2016

Tim Gallagher wrote a brief review of the book on Facebook:

Carlo, this is a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your recent book on Italian dagger fighting. I am already somewhat familiar with Fiore's dagger, but it is really useful to be introduced to the later Italian material. Your book was notable for putting stuff into context, and has encouraged me to examine the sources in more detail sooner rather than later. Altogether, thank you (and Keith) and congratulations.

Review - 23rd February 2016

Robert Loki Thornton wrote a brief review of the book on Facebook:

A wonderful explanation and interpretation of Italian rennaisance Dagger Fighting by Carlo Parisi.

Detailed, incisive, and unambiguous, it translates the works of, Filippo Vadi, Achille Marozzo, Francesco Altoni, and Salvatore Fabris, with great clarity, passion, and enthusiasm for the art of the dagger. Each page is anotated with footnotes, so one understands complexities of translation and detail imediately, without having to constantly flick to the back of the book for reference. The illustrations are clear and easy to understand. I began reading this work at 3PM, and suddenly found myself (Cinquedea in hand) still creaking through its excercises at 3AM this morning! Only a Northern Italian can translate the great northern Italian Maestri as ellegantly as this, and Carlo has written a valuable work of HEMA, that will be in great demand for a long time to come. All those who study the Italian rennaisance masters will want this book! I give you fair warning however? It is very addictive and allmost impossible to put down! :)

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