Single Combat

The Advantages of Weapons

Longer weapons are to be preferred to shorter ones: therefore, the spear is to be preferred to the spiedo, holding it against the latter not by the butt (dangerous because of the weapon’s length) but at mid-haft and with good advantage. Similarly, it is better to take a partisan rather than a two-handed sword.

Antonio Manciolino, The Complete Renaissance Swordsman: Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova of 1531, translated by Tom Leoni, page 78.


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