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This map gives the probably birthplaces and residences of the members of the society.

The Society of Liechtenauer (Geselschaft Liechtenauers) is a list of eighteen masters found in the introduction to the Cgm 1507, the principal copy of Paulus Kal's fencing manual.[1] It is unclear if this was ever a formal organization or what its nature might have been; however, it is commonly speculated that the list is a memorial to deceased students and associates of the grand master.[2] Of particular interest is the international nature of the list, including masters from present-day Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, and Poland, which parallels the statement in the MS 3227a that Liechtenauer himself traveled to many lands to learn the art. Several masters from this list are known to have written martial arts treatises, but about half remain completely unknown.

Apart from Paulus Kal himself, the members listed are:

hanns liechtenawer Johannes Liechtenauer
peter wildigans von glacz Peter Wildigans von Glatz
peter von tanczk Peter von Danzig zum Ingolstadt
hanns spindler vo~ cznaÿm Hans Spindler von Znaim
lamprecht von prag Lamprecht von Prague
hanns seyden faden vo~ erfürt Hans Seydenfaden von Erfurt
andre liegniczer Andre Liegniczer
iacob liegniczer Jacob Liegniczer
sigmund amring Sigmund Schining ein Ringeck
hartman von nurñberg Hartman von Nuremberg
martein hunczfeld Martin Huntfeltz
hanns pägnüczer Hans Pegnitzer
phÿlips perger Philipp Perger
virgilÿ von kracå Virgil von Kraków
dietherich degen vechter von brawnschweig Dieterich, the dagger-fighter of Braunschweig
ott iud Ott Jud
stettner Hans Stettner von Mörnsheim

Additional Resources


  1. Kal, Paulus. Untitled [manuscript]. Cgm 1507. Munich, Germany: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, 1470.
  2. Tobler, Christian Henry. In Saint George's Name: An Anthology of Medieval German Fighting Arts. Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2010. p7