Italian vs. French Foil; Britain, 1908

Italian Lunge vs. French Parry

Italian Lunge vs. French Parry

The spread of the Italian School…

Despite Angelo’s Italian family background, British fencing in the 19th century was heavily imprinted by the French school. (After all, the riding master Domenico Angelo Tremamondo had studied fencing in Paris.) As the dynasty declined toward the late 1800’s, Parise’s new Italian method was being spread through Europe by masters like Barbasetti, Sestini, Santelli. 

In London, it was Magrini who managed to establish the Italian School among the London upper crust. This image is from a 1908 article in a short-lived English sporting magazine.

Italian vs. French Guard Positions

Italian vs. French Guard Positions

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