1435 February 2nd – Talhoffer’s second letter to Erhard Haller

The following is a transcription of letter of Hans Talhoffer to the knight Erhard Haller in Nürnberg. It is part of the Case of Hans Villenbach. The file is to be found in the Staatsarchiv Nürnberg Reichsstadt Nürnberg, Losungamt, 7-farbiges Alphabet, Urkunden 874. It was written at 1435 February 2nd. The letter bears the sigil of Hans Talhoffer … Continue reading 1435 February 2nd – Talhoffer’s second letter to Erhard Haller

1434 March 23th – Talhoffer’s first letter to Erhard Haller

The following is a transcription of letter of Hans Talhoffer to the knight Erhard Haller in Nürnberg. It is part of the Case of Hans Villenbach. The file is to be found in the Staatsarchiv Nürnberg Reichsstadt Nürnberg, Losungamt, 7-farbiges Alphabet, Urkunden 874. It was written at 1434 March 23. The letter bears the sigil of Hans Talhoffer identical with … Continue reading 1434 March 23th – Talhoffer’s first letter to Erhard Haller

1434 March 20th – Talhoffer’s confession in Salzburg

The following is a transcription of an “open letter” containing a witnessed confession of Hans Talhoffer in regard of a murder done by fellow  mercenaries in the duty of Nürnberg merchants. The file is to be found in the Staatsarchiv Nürnberg Reichsstadt Nürnberg, Losungamt, 7-farbiges Alphabet, Urkunden 873. It was written at 1434 März 20. The letter is … Continue reading 1434 March 20th – Talhoffer’s confession in Salzburg

Taillefer is not Talhoffer

In 1834 Johann Martin Lappenberg wrote down the history of England. In the 1st Volume of his "Geschichte von England" on the page 551 he describes the Battle of Hastings. "Sogleich entbrannte der Kampf auf drei Stellen, die Trompeten, Zinken und Hörner hallten von den Hügeln wider, und die Normannen begannen den Angriff. Der erste Schlag war durch einen edeln, … Continue reading Taillefer is not Talhoffer

1492 The “Pergament Fencingbook” of Eberhard I, Duke of Württemberg

In Urach, 1492 Dezember 26, Eberhard I, Duke of Württemberg, dictated his last will and testament. He will be dead on the 24 February 1496 in Tübingen. This testament fills 20 pages and would not be of any interest to the researchers of old European martial arts if there would not be a small note on … Continue reading 1492 The “Pergament Fencingbook” of Eberhard I, Duke of Württemberg

1467 The maker of books, artist and writer: Stefan Schreiber

The Duke Eberhard im Barte (Eberhard the Bearded) paid Hans Talhoffer 10 Gulden as his Fencing Master and to create a book on his behalf in 1467. In his last will Duke Eberhard named this book as his parchment fencing book. Today the manuscript is registered as Cod.icon. 394a to be found at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich, Germany. It was probably … Continue reading 1467 The maker of books, artist and writer: Stefan Schreiber

1434 Hans Talhoffer and case of Wilhelm of Villenbach

Authors remark: this article was written in 2011 and partly updated in 2014. In April 2015 the case was presented in a conference at the University of Geneva based on more recent research. The following pdf hold the slides: Hans Talhoffer and the case of Hans Villenbach 2015 Between 1427 and 1434 during (or after) … Continue reading 1434 Hans Talhoffer and case of Wilhelm of Villenbach