Fiore de’ Liberi’s Fior di Battaglia
A unique and beautiful translation of the original Italian manuscript from the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Flower of Battle has been designed to resemble the look and feel of the Getty original, but read in English! Over 300 detailed illustrations are preserved, illustrating and illuminating his techniques. The original Italian text has been expertly translated into English by researcher and master instructor Tom Leoni.
Written in the first decade of the 1400s, Fiore de’ Liberi’s Fior di Battaglia (“Flower of Battle”) is the oldest surviving Italian martial arts treatise. The present translation is of the version that many consider the most complete, i.e. M.S. Ludwig XV 13 housed at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California.
The Fior di Battaglia includes detailed instruction on wrestling, dagger, longsword, axe, armored combat, lance, mounted combat and more. Its importance is not only as the first extant Italian martial arts treatise; but also as one of the most thorough and detailed books ever written on the deadly art of arms.