Joachim Meyer wrote a fencing book probably around 1560 which is found in the Library of the University of Lund, Sweden and has the signature of MS A.4°.2 also known as the Meyers Faktbok. In this article I transcribed the index of the treatise on the longsword and compare it to the printed version of 1570 (1600).
Volgett der Schwert Zedel
Die vier Grundleger
Von Dach, Olber, Ochs, Pflug
Die Acht beyleger
Langort, Eysennport, Hanget ort, Sprechfenster, Schüssel, nebenhuot, Schrannckhuot, Zornsleger.
Die fünf meister haw.
Zornhauw, Krummphau, Zwerchhaw, Schylerhaw, Scheideler.
Die sechs verborgen haw
Blindthaw, Brelhaw, Kurzhaw, Kniechelhaw, Glizhaw, windthaw
Handarbeit im Schwert
Anbinden, Bleiben, Schneiden, Umbschlagen, Nachreysen, umbschnappen, Ablaufen
Duplierenn, Verfürenn, Verfligenn, Verfehlen, Zyrrkel, Rinde, Winnnde, Durch=
winden, Verkerren, Durchwechseln, Uberlauffen, Absetzen, Abschneiden, Zucken,
Hendttrucken, Verschiben, verfangenn, verstillen, Sperren, Auffreissen,
Übergreiffenn, Schwech stossen
If you compare it to the printed version the guards matches perfectly: “Der Haupleger seindt viere / der Tag oder Oberhut / der Ochs / der Olber / und der Pflug”.
In the auxilary guards you find that sechs are the same but the wording has changed. Zornsleger is now Zornhut, the Sprechfenster is a Brechfenster (what is nonsense). Instead of the Nebenhut there is now the Wechsel. The Hanget ort is missing but new in the list of the eight auxiliary guars is the Einhorn: “Der Beyleger achte / Zornhut / Brechfenster / Langort / Schranckhut / Einhorn / Schlüssel / Eisenport / Wechsel.“. It is to note, that we find the Hanget ort and the Nebenhut in the corresponding chapter together with the Mittelhut. The list of the eight auxiliary guards seems to be decided by chance and not by a system.
But what happened to the strikes? In the printed version Meyer said: There are four principal strikes Ober / Under / Mittel / Zornhauw. Here we start with the strikes of the master. They are the same in the printed edition: „Zorn / Krum / Zwerch / Schieler / Scheitelhauw / “ But the printed version lists no “verborgene haw”, no hidden strikes.. “Schiel / Krum / Kurtz / Glitz / Brell / Einfach und Dopel / Blendt / Wint / Kron / Knichel / Sturtz / Wechselhauw„ is the list of the twelve derived or auxiliary strikes. The printed version is more organized, it not following a system of learning but a kind of systematic order sorted by categories and not by a teaching system.
In the Handarbeit the confusion gets greater. The printed edition has “/ Winden / Wechseln / Verfüren / Nachreisen / Schneiden / Doplieren / Ablauffen sol lassen / oder wölcher gestalt man umbschlagen / Schlaudern / Vorschieben / Absetzen / Zucken und Rucken / Verstellen / Ringen / Einlauffen / Werffen“. The manuscript has much more in the list, but elemtary things like Ringen, Einlaufen are missing. It does not seem that the list is done by a plan or a teaching curriculum. It looks more that this again has been listed because the author remembered it by chance at that very moment.
There is no conclusion, but that the index of that treatise does not reflect a system that was still followed 10 years later. But the index is not the content. This is all I can say at this state of research. This will need more work on the book, and the manuscripts of Joachim Meyer. Sadly I am only able to look on low resolution images of the Lund Faktbok, so the work will take a lot of time and the transcription will be of low quality.