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Glasgow Gloss Fragment

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Glasgow Gloss Fragment
Author(s) Unknown
Date 15th-16th century
Genre Fencing manual
Language Early New High German
MS E.1939.65.341 (1508)

The Dresden Gloss Fragment is an anonymous 15th or 16th century German commentary on a few lines of Johannes Liechtenauer's Recital (Zettel) on the short sword. The only known copy is in the manuscript E.1939.65.341 (known as the "Glasgow Fechtbuch"), where it occupies three folia and is followed by six blank folia, perhaps indicating that it was left incomplete by the author or scribe. Its teachings are compatible with those of other 15th century glossators, but it includes a few ideas not seen anywhere else (such as the wrathful cut being intended for use against strikes straight down from above and the crooked cut being intended for use against all other strikes).


Additional Resources


  1. zu dem schuß,” literally “to the shoot.” “Schuss/schiessen” with a spear means to throw it in other KdF texts.
  2. schews den vorschuß,” literally “shoot the before-shoot.”
  3. Kuck,” Kucken = to watch, look, peak, in northern German. Other sources have this as “zuck,” to jerk, twitch, etc.
  4. Lass for dein sper fallñ,” literally “let your spear fall before.”
  5. Nachen dich zu him,” literally “near yourself to him.”