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

Andre Paurnfeind – a Freifechter, fencing master, and personal guard

Little is told by the current state of research about the author of of the first known printed book explaining Liechtenauer's teaching: Andre Paurnfeind (Pawrnfeyndt, Bauernfeind, Paurenfeint). In the first article of this series on his fencing with a single handed weapon I will provide some background about the man. In current literature up to 2016 Andre Paurnfeind is … Continue reading Andre Paurnfeind – a Freifechter, fencing master, and personal guard

The danger of the attack – a translater’s problem

The sources we use to reconstruct the historical martial arts are written in a language that is not fully understandable to us. Words change meanings or have multiple meanings and so we need to interprete not only the martial art, it already starts with interpreting the text in a critical manner. This includes reading it … Continue reading The danger of the attack – a translater’s problem

What to do if you are called for the judicial duel with mace and shield

The Folios 128r-129v of the KK5126, Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria, do contain some recommendations for a participant of a mace - shield duel in a judicial court. The most interesting thing for us is that it is not absolutely expected that the fighters must die. It is asked for regulations, what will happen if someone wins … Continue reading What to do if you are called for the judicial duel with mace and shield

Lecküchner’s Messerfechten: The Krieg (folios 9v-14r)

This post is part of a series. It is reflecting all the plays of Hans Lecküchner, a late medieval fencing master and author of a superior fencing book. Most of the plays had been presented at various national and international events in workshops by the author of this blog. To promote the plays to a wider … Continue reading Lecküchner’s Messerfechten: The Krieg (folios 9v-14r)

Lecküchner’s Messerfechten: The Zornhau (folios 3r-9r)

This post is part of a series. It is reflecting all the plays of Hans Lecküchner, a late medieval fencing master and author of a superior fencing book. Most of the plays had been presented at various national and international events in workshops by the author of this blog. To promote the plays to a wider … Continue reading Lecküchner’s Messerfechten: The Zornhau (folios 3r-9r)

Lecküchner’s Messerfechten: The Preface (folios 1r-2v)

This post is part of a series. It is reflecting all the plays of Hans Lecküchner, a late medieval fencing master and author of a superior fencing book. Most of the plays had been presented at various national and international events in workshops by the author of this blog. To promote the plays to a wider … Continue reading Lecküchner’s Messerfechten: The Preface (folios 1r-2v)

Lecküchner’s Messerfechten: The Durchlaufen (folios 72v-82r)

This post is part of a series. It is reflecting all the plays of Hans Lecküchner, a late medieval fencing master and author of a superior fencing book. Most of the plays had been presented at various national and international events in workshops by the author of this blog. To promote the plays to a wider … Continue reading Lecküchner’s Messerfechten: The Durchlaufen (folios 72v-82r)