Luis Pacheco de Narváez

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Luis Pacheco de Narváez
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Luis Pacheco de Narváez
Born 1570
Died 1640
Occupation Writer, fencing master

Don Luis Pacheco de Narváez (Baeza, 1570–1640) was a Spanish writer on the art of fencing.

He was a follower of Don Jerónimo Sánchez de Carranza. Some of his earlier works were compendia of Carranza's work while his later works were less derivative. He served as fencing master to King Philip IV of Spain.

In 1608, he fought a fencing match with Francisco de Quevedo as a result of Quevedo criticizing one of his works. Quevedo took off Pacheco's hat in the first encounter.[1] In Quevedo's picaresque novel El Buscón, this duel was parodied with a fencer relying on mathematical calculations having to run away from a duel with an experienced soldier.

His two major original works are The Book of the Grandeur of the Sword (1600) and The New Science (1632).


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