Libro del exercicio de las armas: A New Pietro Monte Manuscript

Manuel Valle Ortiz


The works of Pietro Monte had been forgotten for many centuries, and only recently have their merits been recognised again. This research note presents a newly discovered manuscript, the Libro del exercicio de las armas, a 19th century copy of the Spanish vernacular version of the Collectanea known as the “Escorial Manuscript”. The discovery is introduced by a brief survey of the citations of this manuscript and its source in the historiography and by a map displaying the known printed copies of the Collectanea. A review of the bibliography and provenance of the manuscript contributes to our understanding of its historical importance.

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  • Anonymous (Pietro Monte), Libro del exercicio de las armas. (Madrid, Biblioteca del Escorial, a.IV.23).

  • Anonymous, Libro del exercicio de las armas. (Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional España, Ms/2179).

  • Pietro Monte, Exercitiorum atque artis militaris collectanea (Milano: Scinzenzeller, 1509).

  • Forgeng, Jeffrey L., Pietro Monte’s Collectanea (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2018).

  • Leguina, Enrique de, Libros de esgrima españoles y portugueses (Madrid: Imp. Huerfanos, 1891).

  • Leguina, Enrique de, Bibliografia e historia de la esgrima española. Apuntes reunidos (Madrid: Fortanet, 1904).

  • Quintana Bermudez de la Puente, Covadonga de, Diccionario bibliográfico español (Madrid: RAH, 2009). Online < > (accessed 29/1/19).

  • Wolf, Tony, Ancient Swordplay (Wheaton: Freelance Academy Press, 2012).


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