Henri de Saint-Didier. "Traicté contenant les secrets...", 1573

Bibliothéque Nationale France RES-V-1402

Henry de Saint-Didier wrote the first French book about the art of fighting with the sword, dagger, dagger & cape, sword and shield and other weapons. The content, design and structure of the manuscript may have been due to the influence of the treaty published by Giacomo de Grassi in 1570 in Venice. The French were infatuated with the Italian style of fighting, with the hopes of perfecting their own art of duelling. The manuscript was published in Paris in 1573, and is comprised with illustrations made from 69 woodcuts, including two portraits of King Charles IX and the author.

Released: August 10, 2001 / Last modified: November 2, 2009

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