The path to the original poem of Master Liechtenauer

If we compare the versions of the Zedel by Master Liechtenauer to each other, and to the poem originated by Magister Beringer we will recognize at first sight the different number of verses. Same happens in comparison of the Nürnberg Hausbuch with most of the other variants of Liechtenauer Zedel. Two simple explanations come to … Continue reading The path to the original poem of Master Liechtenauer

Explaining the German fencing terms by simple means of wrestling

Explaining the Liechtenauer five words and other German fencing terms is a very simple thing if you look at them from the perspective of a wrestler. There are reasons why the manuscripts state that all fencing stem from wrestling. I like to give you some examples using the images and plays of the great 16th … Continue reading Explaining the German fencing terms by simple means of wrestling

Talhoffer Dagger – Part 1 – Treiben zu den Blößen

The first plate of the Talhoffer dagger plays in the Munich manuscript, 1467 Cod. icon 394a, contains the main guards or "free stances" in Dagger. The plate is to be understood as separate even they could be constructed as a sequence. To the right side we see the Oberstich and Unterstich (combined as a Treiben). At … Continue reading Talhoffer Dagger – Part 1 – Treiben zu den Blößen