Earnings of a Fencing Master in Bologna in XV and early XVI century


“The recent findings of some documents which report the sums earned by fencing masters to teach combat disciplines has brought us the possibility to estimate how high this profession was considered, and what was its actual economic value in the Italian late Middle Ages, giving us also a synthetic view on the modes of operation of a sala d’arme in those times.
In this cursory research study we will use some comparative methods on the quoted currencies and on the cost of living at the time to roughly estimate the current equivalent wages of a fencing master operating in the Italian peninsula in the XV and early XVI century.”

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