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Die Blume des Kampfes (Cod.5278)

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Die Blume des Kampfes
Cod.5278, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Vienna, Austria
Codex 5278 174r.jpg
First page of the fencing manual, f 174r
  • 38.9.12
  • 39.4.22
Date ca. 1428
Place of origin Unknown
Language(s) Early New High German
Scribe(s) Unknown
Author(s) Konrad Kyeser
Material Paper, in a white pressboard
Size 203 folia
Format Single-sided; six illustrations
per page, without text (part II)
Script Bastarda
External data Library catalog entry
Images Microfilm scans

The Codex 5278 is a German manuscript created some time after 1428,[1] 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 a war book based on Konrad Kyeser's popular treatise Bellifortis ("Battle Strength") and the oldest entry in the group of treatises sometimes called die Blume des Kampfes ("The Flower of Battle").[2] 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 overlap in artwork and technique, but it is equally possible that they represent a separate transmission of an older tradition of which Fiore was himself an initiate.



1r - 173r,
199v, 201v,
202v, 203v
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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Folio 178r
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Folio 196r
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Additional Resources


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Copyright and License Summary

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