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Codex Amberger
Amberger Collection
Towson, Maryland
Cod.Amberger 14r.jpg
Anbinden auch ettwan der schnitt (folio 14r)
WiktenauerLeng38.9.2
WierschinHils
Type
Date ca. 1550s
Language(s) Early New High German
Author(s) Unknown
Illustrated by Unknown
Material Paper, bound in 1840
Size 16 folia
Format Single-sided; one illustration
per page, with scattered text
Script Bastarda
Images Digital scans (varies)

Codex Amberger is a German fencing manual probably created in the mid 1500s.[1]. The original currently rests in the private collection of the J. Christoph Amberger in Towson, MD (USA). The manuscript is a fragment, containing only nine plays of wrestling, three of messer, and one each of dagger, long sword, and staff. It has no consistent foliation, and was probably originally part a larger work.[2] Based on the images released thus far, the manuscript seems to be largely a copy of Christian Egenolff's 1530s fencing anthology Der Altenn Fechter anfengliche kunst. A few of the images may instead be related to the manuscripts of Paulus Hector Mair.

Provenance

Contents

1r - 8r Illustrations of grappling devices
9r - 10r Illustrations of dagger devices
11r - 13r Illustrations of messer based on Johannes Lecküchner
14r Illustration of long sword devices (captioned "Anbinden auch ettwan der schnitt")
15r Illustration of staff devices
15v

Gallery


Cover
Amberger Cover 1.jpg
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Amberger grappling 1.jpg
Folio 8r
Cod.Amberger 08r.jpg
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Amberger dagger 1.jpg
Folio 11r
Cod.Amberger 11r.jpg
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Amberger messer 1.jpg
Folio 14r
Cod.Amberger 14r.jpg
Folio 15r
Cod.Amberger 15r.jpg
Folio 15v
Cod.Amberger 15v.jpg

Additional Resources

References

  1. According to its 1840 binding it dates to 1512, but this doesn't fit with the timeline suggested by the content of the manuscript.
  2. J. Christoph Amberger. "Two-handed Sword; Germany, c. 1550". Fencing Classics. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2010.

Copyright and License Summary

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

Work Author(s) Source License
Images J. Christoph Amberger Fencing Classics
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Translation Chris Treichel Document circulated online
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Transcription Dierk Hagedorn Index:Codex Amberger
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