Lenny Zimmermann of SDA NOLA (Systeme d’Armes New Orleans, LA) has shared with us Frederick R. Bryson's 1938 public-domain book “The Sixteenth-Century Italian Duel.”
-- http://hemaalliance.com/documents/Bryso ... 20Duel.pdf
This is a follow-up to his research on "The Point of Honor in Sixteenth-Century Italy."
The Challenge of Barletta, a group duel recounted in Bryson's book
This work provides a great deal of insight into the process of the duel in Italy and has a great deal of examples of duels, more than a few of which you won't find in most of the other books about the duel that most of us are familiar with. There is a good discussion of several types of duels we don't often see mentioned, such as between groups, at tournament and on the fields of battle as well as conventions of the use of armor. There has been some discussion of late about some of the Italian manuals mentioning rules for competitions (see http://marozzo.com/2012/09/08/the-compe ... dsmanship/
for one consideration of that) and this piece goes into pretty good length discussing even why certain parts of the body were considered perhaps more "valuable" than others. In all I think there is a lot of context to be found here, especially for folks studying the Italian schools. Not to mention that the bibliography listed is quite extensive with many of the texts mentioned to this day still not having been translated. Overall I have found this, in conjunction with the previously posted "The Point of Honor in Sixteenth-Century Italy", to be an invaluable addition to informing my study of HEMA.
I hope others will find it as useful as I have!