Piermarco Terminiello is an instructor at the School of the Sword, UK. His research interest is focused on sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian swordplay. He has an extensive knowledge of technical manuals from the period, including a number of widely overlooked works. Along with Kevin Maurer he was recognised as “Best Researcher” in the inaugural HEMA Scholar Awards of 2013. Among other research, he has unearthed and translated (co-authored) the “lost” second book of Nicoletto Giganti (1608), unearthed the lengthy manuscript treatise of Giovanni Battista Maffani (1629) not listed in any fencing bibliography, published an English translation (co-authored) of Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri’s La Scherma (1640); a transcription and English translation of Giuseppe Colombani’s L’Arte maestra (1711); and a transcription of the Biblioteca Trivulziana Cod.256 (c.1680).
He has helped bring HEMA to a wider public, having previously lectured at the Wallace Collection, in London UK; has published in the long-established peer-reviewed Journal of the Arms and Armour Society; is a member of the Historical European Martial Arts Coalition (HEMAC); and a member of the Advisory Board of the peer-review journal Acta Periodica Duellatorum.
He has enjoyed success as a competitive fencer, winning a number of international competitions, primarily in the disciplines of single rapier, and rapier and dagger, including winning gold twice at the rapier and dagger competition at Swordfish in consecutive years.