Late fifteenth and early sixteenth century fight books as a flourishing body of technical literature form a good corpus for the investigation of the Scholasticism as a traditional framework of education and knowledge, confronted with other emerging models of knowledge production. The recurring concern of the authors of fight books to confer sufficient legitimacy on their discipline relies, especially within the prefaces, on philosophical or theological references, clearly pointing to the Scholastic background.
This special issue stems from a panel entitled “Fencing Manuals and Scholasticism”, held during the Congress of the Renaissance Society of America (University of Dublin, 01.04.2022). It was organised by Dr. Hélène Leblanc and sponsored by the ARC project ‘Schol’Art: The early modern theories of arts and letters in the light of scholasticism (France-Italy, 1500-1700)’ (2019–2023, GEMCA, UCLouvain, PI: A. Smeesters, R. Dekoninck, A. Guiderdoni). The conference proceedings include all papers presented and additional invited contributions on the topic.