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
BornMay 11, 1950
DiedFebruary 11, 2007 (2007-02-12) (aged 56)
ResidenceMedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesPatri du Chat Gris (SCA)
Alma materHarvard University
EmployerDragon Systems
OrganizationCommonwealth Vintage Dancers; Higgins Sword Guild at the Higgins Armory Museum; Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
TitleBaron of Carolingia (SCA)[1]
PredecessorJohn of Ileway[1]
SuccessorAquel of Darksted Wood[1]
Childrentwo daughters
Parent(s)Julia Jones-Pugliese (mother), Anthony Pugliese (father) [2]

Patri J. Pugliese (May 11, 1950 – February 11, 2007) was a historian of science, dance, and fencing, as well as a teacher of historical dance.

He received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University 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.[3][4]

Fencing was in 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.[5] 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.

Pugliese was known not only for the study and dissemination of historical dance[6] and fencing treatises, but also for his teaching and charitable work. He was a founding member of the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers in Boston[7] and the Higgins Sword Guild at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.[8] He was also active as a Civil War reenactor[9] and in the Society for Creative Anachronism,[10] serving as Baron of Carolingia from 1978 to 1995.[11][1] He worked professionally at Dragon Systems.

Pugliese died on February 11, 2007, after a year-long battle with cancer.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Landed Barons/Baronesses Archived 2015-08-18 at the Wayback Machine of the East Kingdom
  2. ^ Julia Jones-Pugliese
  3. ^ The passing of Patri Pugliese, notice on, 2007-02-14
  4. ^ Reference in The Art of Recreating Historic Combat Archived 2008-07-08 at the Wayback Machine 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)
  5. ^ "Julia Jones-Pugliese, Fencer, Dead at 84" - New York Times
  6. ^ Memorial page by The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine,
  7. ^ a b Patri J. Pugliese - Medford, MA - Medford Transcript[permanent dead link] (Obituary no longer available through this link: " has records for The Medford Transcript going back to 7/10/2009." Access attempted 2012-04-29.)
  8. ^ Higgins Armory Sword Guild: The Groups
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ 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".
  11. ^ Baronial Election Process and Documents Archived 2013-02-21 at

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