Interpretation in Historical Martial Arts

The former school visitor knows the interpretation under the term "What does the artist want to say to me? No text, no picture is created thoughtless and without intention. In the scientific treatise "Visualised motion: iconography of medieval and renaissance fencing books" the author of these lines briefly writes about the interpretation of images in … Continue reading Interpretation in Historical Martial Arts

Reconstruction of Historical Martial Arts

"Reconstruction is the process of creating or recreating something more or less non-existent or unknown,” as German Wikipedia defines it. In the reconstruction of an old text or image, we fill in gaps left intentionally or unintentionally by the author. In Historical Martial Arts these are movements that we recognize as necessary in order to … Continue reading Reconstruction of Historical Martial Arts

The meaning of sport and martial arts in a 14th century poem

The discussion about the meaning of the sporting competition for fame with medals and titles in martial arts is neither new nor completely dissolvable. We want to treat ourselves to the fun of reading the historical state of discussion from the early 15th century on the basis of the song poem "Kloster der Minne" from … Continue reading The meaning of sport and martial arts in a 14th century poem

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

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

1433 Talhoffer works for Archbishop Johann II. von Reisberg

An letter of receipt had been written and personally sealed by Hans Talhoffer at the 15th April 1433, Salzburg (an mitiken in den heyligen osteruentagen nach kristi geburde Im 1433 Iare). Ich hanns talhover verginde und tun kund offenlich mit dem brief Als ich dem horchwirdigen fürsten meinem gnedigen herrn hern Johannsen Erzbischoven ze salthburg … Continue reading 1433 Talhoffer works for Archbishop Johann II. von Reisberg