Weapon
Longsword
Difficulty level
Beginner & Intermediate & Advanced

Armizare Vade Mecum

By Guy Windsor

The Armizare Vade Mecum is a collection of mnemonic verses for students of Fiore’s Art of Arms, published by Freelance Academy Press in 2011. Sometimes serious, sometimes fun, they embody Fiore’s words in memorable verses.

Here is an example:

The Dagger

The dagger am I, a noble arm,

Knowing my malice, knowing my art,

Playing close to do you harm

None can stand if I take part

I make my noble feats of arms:

Who can hold against me?

No armour made resists my charms,

No arm either, you will see

Cover, thrust, and grapple too,

I take your dagger, break and bind

Strike me? I will make you rue

The day, as you will find.

The cruel fight I’ll finish faster:

Of the art of arms, I am master.