A Gentleman's Guide to Duelling

Vincent Saviolo's Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels

Vincentio Saviolo

Date Published :
February 2014
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Editor :
Jared Kirby
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848325272

Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.25 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 256


‘A humorous and instructive guide to Elizabethan etiquette which should interest gentlemen of any century.’ James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of Shakespeare

‘An excellent reference tool for scholars and a wonderfully practical one for historical fencers, fight directors and actors seeking information or inspiration on swordplay in the 16th century.’
Richard Ryan, Fight Coordinator for Sherlock Holmes I & II, Troy, Stardust and The Golden Compass

A Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling is a beautifully illustrated, lyrical guide to dueling etiquette in Elizabethan England. Its author, Vincentio Saviolo, was one of the great Italian fencing masters and a contemporary of William Shakespeare. In the 1590s, both Saviolo and Shakespeare were based in London’s Blackfriars; Shakespeare’s use of Italian fencing terminology in Romeo & Juliet is no surprise as it was written shortly after Saviolo’s book was published.

Originally published under the title Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels Saviolo’s guide is devoted to the art of settling a duel in a gentlemanly manner. It was written in a time when honor, virtue and codes of behavior were of grave importance; and the rapier was seen as ideally suited to settling the disputes of a gentleman.

About The Author

Jared Kirby has been involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen for 25 years. He teaches in New York City and is a Master of Arms (Maestro d’Armi) through the Martinez Academy of Arms. He is the president of CombatCon in Las Vegas and teaches workshops around the world. As a flight director, Jared has choreographed stars such as Peter Sarsgaard, Steve Guttenberg and Cameron Douglas and choreographed fights Off-Broadway, nationally, and internationally in London and Sydney.

In addition to this book, Jared is the editor of 'A Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling' by Vincentio Saviolo and 'The School of Fencing' by Domenico Angelo and annotated by Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez, and is the co-author of 'Staging Shakespeare's Violence, Vol. 1'.


"Kirby's book will be a welcome addition, not only to collections on sword, rapier or duel techniques in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but also to any of those interested in the culture and the concept of honor in the period more generally. It may also find its way onto the shelves of more than one Shakespeare and Elizabethan Drama scholar."

- Medieval Warfare Magazine

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