Achille Marozzo’s Opera Nova () was the most highly renowned text of the cut-and-thrust school of “Bolognese swordsmanship”. Achille Marozzo’s Opera Nova (). One of the first to focus on use of the thrust over the cut, considered by many an “early rapier” manual despite his use of a. The Sala d’Arme Achille Marozzo aims to study Historical European Martial Arts of the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance, especially the ancient science of.

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Pass in this touching with your right foot into a gran passo forward of the left.

Opera Nova (Achille Marozzo)

Your dagger will end in the porta achillw ferro alta and then you will attack the enemy’s head. You must remain alert for when he makes the attack you will put the edge of your right sword to his attack turning the point of your sword down and with the left sword you will thrust him in the chest. In that attack you will take three or four steps back and settle into a well formed and gallant coda lunga e alta whenever possible. A Treatise on the For your defense you will throw the right foot behind the left and cross your swords together.

Mounting a montante your right foot should be close by the left and your sword will go into the guardia di testa. Not so much with the small brochiero than with all other sorts of arms, such as staff and edged weapons.

But I will put you in this guard for a little bit for it is not very appropriate for the brochiero stretto. That is with the pommel of the sword against the brochiero and your sword will go in the guardia di testa with the arm well extended.


In this passing step cut with a montante at the rim of the brochiero. I am well aware that, were one to include absolutely everything, ten books bigger than this one would not suffice. That is against his left side. Then being in this guard, if your enemy attacks high with a acgille attack you will strike the attack with a madozzo falso and give a roverso segato to his right thigh stepping opposite his right side with the left foot.

Now, being still in the said guardia alta, you will throw two mandritti tondi at the face passing in the same time the right foot forward. Going in this manner, he will gather strength to take any attack.

Achille Marozzo

In the time that he delivers the blow, you will give a strong upward falso [to his sword] followed by a mandritto fendente [to his body], at the same time pulling your right leg behind the left.

This is one of the counters you could perform. In a single time pass with the right leg into a gran passo opposite his left side and give a mandritto to his leg going into a porta di ferro larga with your dagger in the guardia di testa. But first I will say that if he throws the mandritto you will parry with the right edge of your dagger and with the parry you will hurl your right foot opposite the left side of your enemy.

You will then throw a roverso to the thigh. This will proceed upwards towards his face, and your sword will end in cinghiara porta di ferro markzzo. This to his arms and feet to his right side and your sword into the coda lunga e alta. Retrieved from ” https: In the same time bring the left foot close by the right. The first need for going true-edge to true-edge is that you go into a porta di ferro alta or stretta, in coda lunga e stretta and in some other posture that you know.


You will hurl your marozo foot a little towards his right side. In this I would not fail.

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And if he in fear of the thrust uncovers his left side then you will throw your sword to his right and shove your buckler against his sword hand in one time moving your right foot opposite the left side of the enemy and shove another ponta to his right temple or go to his flank with the left foot following the right to the rear.

He will then uncover his right side and you will step with the left foot to his right side and you will hurl your cape at his face, not letting go of the part wrapped around the left arm.

With the right sword you will give a mandritto to the leg. Remaining in the guardia alta I want you to throw a tramazzone to a cinghiara porta di ferro.

In this manner he will not be able to move said arm. With the right you will give a mandritto sgualembrato commencing at the head and ending at the feet. Tipografia Editrice di L. In this manner you will be able to give a roverso to his head or a thrust to his chest. This way they will learn them through proper practice.