Dante di Pietro

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Master Dante di Pietro
Resides: Barony of Caer Mear, Atlantia
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence Entry

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Dante joined Atlantia in early 2001, in the Barony of Caer Mear. In 2005, he began to study historical Italian rapier in earnest. In 2008, he moved to the Barony of Stierbach before eventually returning to Caer Mear in 2015.

Dante is passionate about historical fencing and the instruction thereof. A career educator, he is always willing to spend time helping someone improve their training methodology or work through a question regarding fencing.


Late 16th century Venetian

Offices & Positions

  • Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences for Historic Combat Studies, 2008-2012
  • Society Minister of Arts and Sciences for Historic Combat Studies, 2012-2016
  • Principal, Order of the Sea Stag, 2011-2013

Projects & Publications

On Historical Fencing with the Rapier and Dagger, by Darren Di Battista. This text serves as a practical introduction to Italian fencing concepts as they appear in the works of Capoferro, Fabris, and Giganti.

Dante is the founder and leader of the Schola Minervae, a historical fencing guild dedicated to providing support for learners and teachers according to educational best practices, with a focus on clear direction and constructive feedback.

This guidance document explains how to control cut calibration.


  • Lady Sanada Katsumi
  • Lord Jacques Gonse
  • Lord Steffan Gluer von Musbach

Former Cadets

  • Master Tassin Navatier

Awards and Achievements


  • Master of the Laurel
  • Master of Defense
    • Companion of the Sea Stag
      • Premiere, Order of the Sea Dragon

Classes Taught (Some of Them)

  • Mechanical Advantage in Italian Rapier
  • Capoferro Seminar
    • Guards
    • Advance, Retreat, Pass, Lunge, Recover
    • Finding the Sword
    • Cavazione
    • Tempo
    • Line and Presence
    • Girata and Other Voids
  • Properties of the Four Guards
  • How to Teach a Class
  • Dagger as Defensive Secondary
  • Dagger as Offensive Secondary
  • Footwork and Ringcraft: Controlling Field Position
  • How to Train
    • Self-Evaluation
    • Training with Purpose
    • Fight Analysis and Observation
    • Reading Your Opponent
    • Fight Psychology
  • Controlling Calibration in Cut & Thrust
  • The First 1000 Hours: Building a Curriculum to Train Fighters
  • Principles of Tournament Design
  • Principles of Melee Scenario Design
  • Finding Your Combat Identity
  • A Sphere Can Be Thought of as a Very Round Wedge
  • Getting Good At Things
  • Salvatore Fabris: The Complete Theory
  • Making an Ethical Practice

Cultural Influence

Dante is the originator of "Atlantian single combat," offered to the final opponent in a melee. He is also the source of "I'm an Atlantian Free Scholar: that's like a don in your kingdom," first used on a tabard made for the Free Scholar prize of Master Dominyk Wolferam at KWAR, 2005.

Dante is the principle author of the Academie d'Espee oaths adopted circa 2009.