Back in 2018 I released my translation of Pietro Monte’s definitive work on Renaissance strategy, philosophy and martial arts: The ‘Collectanea’ or ‘Exercitiorum Atque Artis Militaris Collectanea‘, in collaboration with Dr. Ingrid Sperber. Since then, I have completed an in-depth revision of this translation, in preparation for publication in printed form, planned for later this year. See below for how to download my free draft translation and register for first- look information once the book is available.
Pietro Monte (1457-1509) is perhaps the most renowned master of arms of the Renaissance era, a warrior looked up to as an expert in strategy and military arts by such notables as Baldassare Castiglione, author of The Book of the Courtier, and even consulted for advice by Leonardo Da Vinci! In this wide-ranging book, he takes us through the martial arts of Renaissance Europe, from the individual combat techniques of a soldier, to the philosophy, psychology and strategic thinking as explained by an experienced general.
By detailing the how-to combat techniques, intertwined with his understanding of human nature and psychology, Monte gives us a unique general’s-eye-view of the mindset of Renaissance Europe. Modern Europe. The Western world’s philosophy and strategy are steeped in the thinking of this time, and Monte’s work is a high water mark of this martial culture, which still has great relevance today. Input your info below to receive your free .pdf copy of my draft translation.
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