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Schools or "Salles" of fencing are an old tradition. Books and schools of fencing have been around since the Middle Ages. By the 1500s separate styles had developed under different teachers and in different countries throughout Europe. During the 1600s and 1700s "The Art of Italian Fence" sought to combine grace and elegance with strength and speed.
In Italy, 17th century swordsmanship was dominated by Salvator Fabris, whose De lo schermo overo scienza d’arme of 1606 exerted great influence not only in Italy but also in Germany, where it all but extinguished the native German traditions of fencing. Fabris was followed by Italian masters such as Nicoletto Giganti (1606), Ridolfo Capo Ferro (1610), Francesco Alfieri (1640), Francesco Antonio Marcelli (1686) and Bondi' di Mazo (1696).
Salle DiCesare, as portrayed in Lady Blade, is unusual in that it focuses mostly on young nobles, offering other forms of academic training along with intensive fencing lessons.
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