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
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848325272
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


‘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 is a historical fencer who edited and helped translate Capo Ferros Italian Rapier Combat and Vincentio Saviolos A Gentlemans Guide to Duelling. He lives in New York City.


"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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