Rapier and Cloak

IN this exercise the Cloak takes the place, as a defensive weapon, of the buckler or the dagger. It must be turned twice round the left arm in such a manner as to cover the elbow, while the collar is grasped in the left hand; the ends are to be passed over the arm so as to hang down in folds on the outside of it, and with these folds (never with the part which rests on the arm) the various attacks are parried.


Lines A through D denote different guards for the rapier.

[The cloak can also be used to protect the hand from a blade's edge if one must parry in that manner.]


[Parry in tierce with covered hand and riposte at throat.]
Line A denotes a "riverso" at the head, B a trhust at the Body, and C a "mandritto" at the leg.

Throwing the Cloak

It is sometimes advisable to throw the cloak over either the face or the sword of the enemy. Marozzo's directions for doing this are as follows:--

Stand with the sword in low tierce (coda lunga ed alta), feign two or three thrusts at him while you are freeing the folds of your cloak, then pass the point of your sword underneath it, and with the assistance of the sword, toss it either on to his face or his sword.


Line A denotes a "mandritto" at the head, and B a "riverso" at the arm.

Swordsmen of the olden time occasionally carried, for defensive purposes, a large gauntles of buff on the left arm, which covered it above the elbow. Its use, undoubtedly, was similar to that of the cloak or the shield, but we find very little reference to it in the works of the masters.

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