Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 6  azza in arme - armoured poleaxe
 6.0 quattro poste (four guards)
 6.0.2 posta de vera crose (guard of the true cross)

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Io son posta forte chiamada la crose
Colpi de azza nè punte, niente me nose

I am called the strong guard of the cross
No poleaxe strike, nor thrusts will hurt me.

Synopsis: click on image to view larger of the sameConsistent with the interpretations and applications of other Fiore guards and their deployment, this guard's purpose is to create a cross with the inbound strike or thrust. Despite the orientation of the master's body is away from the zugadore, the stance indicates the ability to move quickly to meet with the inbound strike with the strength of the torso in concert with the legs.

Practical Application: There are two readily apparent attributes of such a guard. The first is the wielder's orientation with respect to its counterpart guard, the posta breve serpentina. The wielder has the poleaxe's queue oriented towards the zugadore and his stance is such that the body is held sideways, reducing the breadth of a visible target for thrusting from the perspective of the zugadore's posta breve serpentina and to provide the force necessary to parry aside an inbound strike or thrust.

The second attribute is the stance itself, which is illustrated with the wielder's weight bearing down on the leading left foot while the trailing foot is positioned on the toes ready to leap into action in order to parry against an inbound thrust or cut. The orientation of the sword enables the wielder to quickly hook or parry aside the inbound thrust with the queue, and while hooked, rotate the poleaxe around the hook bringing the point of the poleaxe bearing upwards on the attacker concurrently for a thrust or strike to the face or throat while the wielder is rotating his body on the trailing right foot and passing forward with the left towards the attacker. If the attack is a cut, a similar rotation of the body and footwork will ensue, however, the inbound cut will be parried with the wielder's poleaxe quite possibly resulting in crossed-weapons and therefore, close-quarters or possibly deploy a thrust to the face or throat. The angle of the parry would be deployed with the queue around the hip area or raised overhead to parry a fendente cut from above and thrusting to the face or throat.

Grip: An explicit description of the guard and grip of the posta de vera crose follows: The right hand, thumb forward, palm towards hip, grips the shaft approximately 1/3 the length from the queue and held around the hip area. The left hand, thumb forward, palm up, grips the shaft approximately 1/3 the distance from the tip of the dag and is elevated. The left leg is forward, toes pointing away from the zugadore whereas, the right leg is behind with heel slightly off the ground.

example applications/similarities
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Fiore dei Liberi, Flos Duellatorum 1410 posta de vera crose (guard of the true cross) (armoured longsword)


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