Patri J. Pugliese

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Patri Pugliese
Patri Pugliese in zouave uniform as a Civil War reenactor, Memorial Day 2006
in Zouave uniform as a Civil War reenactor, Memorial Day, May 29, 2006
Born May 11, 1950
Died February 11, 2007 (2007-02-12) (aged 56)
Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of death cancer
Residence Medford, Massachusetts, USA
Other names Patri du Chat Gris (SCA)
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation history of 19th century dance; history of fencing; speech recognition
Employer Dragon Systems
Organization Commonwealth Vintage Dancers; Higgins Sword Guild at the Higgins Armory Museum; Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
Title Baron of Carolingia (SCA)[1]
Term 1979–1996[1]
Predecessor John of Ileway[1]
Successor Aquel of Darksted Wood[1]
Parent(s) Julia Jones-Pugliese (mother)

Patri J. Pugliese (May 11, 1950 – February 11, 2007) was a historian of science, dance, and fencing, as well as a noted teacher of historical dance. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard in 1982, but was best known for his work as a dance historian specializing in the 19th century and for his dissemination of facsimiles of once exceedingly rare historical works on fencing.[2][3] Fencing was in Dr. Pugliese’s blood: His mother, Julia Jones-Pugliese, was the first U.S. women’s intercollegiate fencing champion in 1929 and worked as a professional fencing coach until 1993.[4] In many ways, he himself can be regarded as the father of the modern study of the history of European swordsmanship; it was through the texts he provided that many scholars were first introduced to the importance of martial expression to early modern culture.

Dr. Pugliese was well-known not only for the study and dissemination of historical dance[5] and fencing treatises, but also for his teaching and charitable work. He was a founding member of the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers in Boston[6] and the Higgins Sword Guild at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.[7] He was also active as a Civil War reenactor[8] and in the Society for Creative Anachronism,[9] serving as Baron of Carolingia from 1978 to 1995.[10][1] He worked professionally at Dragon Systems.

Dr. Pugliese died on February 11, 2007, after a year-long battle with cancer.[6] He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their two daughters, Antonia and Julia.


  1. ^ a b c d e Landed Barons/Baronesses of the East Kingdom
  2. ^ The passing of Patri Pugliese, notice on, 2007-02-14
  3. ^ Reference in The Art of Recreating Historic Combat by Lady Elysabeth Underhill, on p.24: "Historical Manuals by Patri Jones Pugliese- The oldest and largest source for photocopied combat manuals from the Middle Ages. In Rediscovery: The Arts of War: Spring, 2006, issue of Arts and Sciences, a special issue of the Pikestaff, the official newsletter of the Kingdom of the East. (Accessed 2012-06-18)
  4. ^ Julia Jones-Pugliese, Fencer, Dead at 84 - New York Times
  5. ^ Memorial page by The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers,
  6. ^ a b Patri J. Pugliese - Medford, MA - Medford Transcript (Obituary no longer available through this link: " has records for The Medford Transcript going back to 7/10/2009." Access attempted 2012-04-29.)
  7. ^ Higgins Armory Sword Guild: The Groups
  8. ^ "About The Salem Zouaves". The Salem Zouaves. Retrieved 9 January 2014. The Salem Zouaves were founded in the spring of 2000 by the late Dr. Patri Pugliese and Paul Kenworthy. 
  9. ^ Harvard Crimson 1979-03-12: Group Relives Medieval Times With Anachronistic University. Article about an SCA event on campus; interview with "Patri J. Pugliese '72, co-founder of the Boston chapter of the SCA".
  10. ^ Baronial Election Process and Documents[dead link]

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