Dagger And Cloak

THE Dagger used by Marozzo was the "Pugnale Bolognese," a large double-edged weapon, sufficiently heavy for cutting as well as thrusting. He is most impressive on one very important point, namely, that as the dagger is a very short weapon, so it is an extremely dangerous one, and requires most careful watching, and that therefore the eyes must never be taken off the dagger-hand of the enemy. The cloak is worn and manipulated in much the same manner as when it accompanies the sword (Plate 33). Feints may be made with the dagger in order to gain openings, and, similarly, openings may be shown with the cloak for the purpose of drawing an attack, the parry and riposte having been already determined on. The following movements of dagger and cloak are extracts from Marozzo's work.

1. Hold your dagger in quarte (coda lunga e stretta), with the right foot leading, and keep your cloak rather low, in order to draw a mandritto at the head, or a high thrust; and as the enemy does this, oppose the folds of your cloak to his dagger, pass forward the left foot, and give him a quarte thrust (punta riverso) in his right side.

Recover by passing the left foot back, and take the same guard as before.

2. Make a great oblique pass with your left foot outside his right, envelop his dagger-arm with your cloak, and deliver a thrust or a riverso at his neck.

Recover, passing back three or four paces, and take the same guard.

3. Lower your cloak and give an opening above, and as he attacks give a mandritto at his hand on the pass.

Recover, passing back the right foot.

4. Stand on guard in tierce, with the left foot advanced. Show an opening at your left side by carrying your cloak a little over towards your right, and when he attacks, force his dagger well over to your left, pass forward your right foot, and give either point or a riverso at his face.

Recover, retiring three or four paces.

Plate 33: Dagger and Cloak. Guard. After Alfieri.

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