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 English translations of Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri’s La Bandiera (1638) and La Scherma (1640); Giuseppe Colombani’s L’Arte maestra (1711); the fencing treatise of Marco Docciolini (1601); the treatise of Jacopo Monesi (1640); 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 numerous international competitions; while during his tenure The School of the Sword has established a remarkable record of tournament success.