Swordmanship as mathematical science: The curious case of Luis Pacheco de Narváez

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

Abstract

From the 15th century on, the practitioners of the mechanical arts obtain a new self-confidence and do no longer want to be regarded merely as manual workers. In this context, they frequently underline the mathematical basis of their discipline in order to increase its value from the status of a mechanical to that of a liberal art. In the Spanish golden age period, the military art, amongst others, is conceived as a mathematical discipline. A particularly curious case is the Libro de las grandezas de la espada (1600) whose author, Luis Pacheco de Narváez (1570-1640), propagates the art of swordsmanship, which he names «the true skill», as a science based on the disciplines of the quadrivium. The present article outlines the arguments applied by Pacheco in a preliminary chapter in order to prove the mathematical and scientific status of his discipline.

Translated title of the contributionSwordmanship as mathematical science: The curious case of Luis Pacheco de Narváez
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)339-347
Number of pages9
JournalHipogrifo
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Swordmanship as mathematical science: The curious case of Luis Pacheco de Narváez'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this