Die Blume des Kampfes (Cod.5278)
|Die Blume des Kampfes|
|Cod.5278, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek|
First page of the fencing manual, f 174r
|Place of origin||Unknown|
|Language(s)||Early New High German|
|Material||Paper, in a white pressboard |
|Format||Single-sided; six illustrations |
per page, without text (part II)
|External data||Library catalog entry|
The Codex 5278 is a German manuscript created some time after 1428, consisting of a war book and a fencing manual. The original currently rests in the holdings of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, Austria. The text is a compilation work including both Konrad Kyeser's popular treatise on siege warfare Bellifortis ("Battle Strength") and the first entry in the group of manuscripts known as die Blume des Kampfes ("The Flower of Battle"). Die Blume des Kampfes may be based on the tradition of 14th century Italian master Fiore de'i Liberi given that his works include considerable technical overlap, but it is equally possible that they represent an earlier German tradition of which Fiore was himself an initiate.
| 1r - 173r,
|Miscellaneous writings, including excerpts from Bellifortis by Konrad Kyeser|
|174r - 176r||Mounted fencing illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|177r - 179r||Pole weapon illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|179r - 186r||Armored fencing illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|187r - 189r||Dagger illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|189r - 196r||Grappling illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|196r - 201r||Long sword illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|201r - 203r||Sword vs. dagger illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
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- The manuscript mentions a duel between Heinrich von Ramstein and Juan de Merlo which occurred on 12 December 1428; the library catalog dates it to ca. 1420/25.
- The informal nickname "Die Blume des Kampfes" is simply a translation of the title of the Italian treatise "Fior di Battaglia"; the treatises themselves all appear to be untitled.
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