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

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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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