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Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey (Andre Paurenfeyndt)
|Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey|
|Foundation of the Chivalric Art of Swordplay|
Title page of the 1516 edition
|Also known as||La noble science des ioueurs d'espee|
|Place of origin|
Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey ("Foundation of the Chivalric Art of Swordplay") is a German fencing manual by Andre Paurñfeyndt printed in 1516 in Vienna. The text shows some connection to the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, but with significant unique material.
Sydney Anglo notes that Paurñfeyndt's is likely the earliest printed treatise on swordsmanship that includes illustrations.
Paurñfeyndt's Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey was first published in Vienna in 1516 by Hieronymus Vietor. In 1538, it was translated into Middle French and published by Willem Vorsterman in Antwerp, where it was retitled La noble science des ioueurs d'espee. This translation omits all of Liechtenauer's verse, but retains the balance of the content and the original images. Sections of Paurñfeyndt's text were also reproduced in a 1530s book by Christian Egenolff entitled Der Allten Fechter gründtliche Kunst.
Between 1535 and 1540, the section on pole weapons was copied into the MS Germ.quart. 2020 by an unknown scribe. In 1564, Lienhart Sollinger created a new manuscript copy of the entire text, which was later bound by Paulus Hector Mair into the Codex I.6.2º.2.
|1 - 2||Preface by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
|3 - 44||Sword by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
|45 - 58||Dussack by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
|59 - 65||Staff by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
|66 - 67||Dagger by Andre Lignitzer|
|68 - 69||Sword and buckler by Andre Lignitzer|
|69 - 70||Conclusion by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
These are all the half-blocks that were used to compose some of the full figures above. The figures not represented here were created as full-width blocks.
- Bauer, Matthias Johannes. "Economising Early Prints on Fight Books by Multiple Using Movable Half Page Woodcuts". Acta Periodica Duellatorum 4(2): 99–116, 2016. doi:10.36950/apd-2016-015
- Jaquet, Daniel; Walczak, Bartłomiej. "Liegnitzer, Hundsfeld or Lew? The question of authorship of popular Medieval fighting teachings". Acta Periodica Duellatorum 2(1): 105-148. 2014. doi:10.1515/apd-2015-0015.
- Roelofsen, Mathijs. "La Noble Science des Joueurs d’Espée: Fight Book and Commercial Product". Acta Periodica Duellatorum 8(1): 73-88. 2020. doi:10.36950/apd-2020-005
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|Images||Herzog August Bibliothek||Herzog August Bibliothek|
|Transcription (1516)||Michael Chidester||Index:Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey (Andre Paurñfeyndt)|
|Transcription (1538)||Olivier Dupuis, Didier de Grenier, Michaël Huber||Index:La noble science des ioueurs d'espee (Andre Paurñfeyndt)|