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About Ridolfo Capo Ferro of Cagli
Very little is known about the life of Ridolfo Capo Ferro of Cagli outside of what can be found inside the pages of his fencing treatise, published first in 1610; what can be found therein is not especially edifying. The text names him as being a master of the German nation, though his city of origin,
Historic Martial Arts Research
"From the Ground Up"
Darren Di Battista
The TreatiseThis treatise has been considered in the rapier community as the pinnacle of Italian works on fencing. It is considered as one of the most comprehensive and complete written work on Italian rapier swordplay. The principles to which he details formed the basis of fencing for hundreds of years.
The next portion of the manuscript illustrates the practical applications of the basic principles described earlier, through using 43 illustrations to demonstrate the various techniques, including the martial use of rapier and dagger, rapier and shield and cloak and rapier. The illustrations clearly depict the morbid results of the fencer's inability to defend against well placed attacks.
The popularity of the manuscript through time is evidence by the fact that it has been republished many times throughout the 17th century. An edition published in 1629 had revised the illustrations by removing the existing background comprised of landscapes, castles and rolling hills with intricate artwork depicting the Old Testament. The actual figures depicting the techniques were not altered, so that the fencers may be fighting in front of a scene depicting Noah's Ark as an example.