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Hans Medel Fechtbuch
Cod.Ⅰ.6.2º.5, Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg
Augsburg, Germany

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Also known as Sigmund Schining Fechtbuch
Date ca. 1500, 1552, etc.
Place of origin Augsburg, Germany
Language(s) Early New High German
Compiler Paulus Hector Mair (ca. 1560)
Material Paper, in a modern leather binding
Size 52 folia (223 mm × 290 mm)
Format Double-sided; text with scattered
External data Library catalog entry
Treatise scans
Other translations Magyar fordítás

The Hans Medel Fechtbuch (Cod.Ⅰ.6.2º.5) is a 16th century German manuscript compiled by Paulus Hector Mair some time after 1566.[1] It currently rests in the holdings of the Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. The manuscript is a compilation of several older documents, including records from the Augsburg fencing guilds and a fencing manual that was probably created by a student or admirer of Master Hans Medel of Salzburg. At the end are twelve prints of fencers and wrestlers by Dirck Coornhert, based on drawings by the Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck and apparently printed in 1552.[2]

Hans Medel's section, probably written in the late 15th or early 16th century, consists of the master's modified presentation of the teachings of Johannes Liechtenauer, which takes the form of a sort of "updated version" of Sigmund ain Ringeck's own treatise. The manuscript also includes a section on fighting from "seven stances", which appears to be Medel's own unique contribution to the art. The art in Medel's segment is very similar to the paintings Mair would later commission for his own manuscripts, and may have been the inspiration for them.

A final note of interest about Medel's text is that it mentions Master Hans Seydenfaden von Erfurt twice, a name that also appears on Paulus Kal's roll of the Fellowship of Liechtenauer[3] and a master from whom no treatise is known to survive. This may indicate that Hans Medel possessed some of his writings that have since been lost, or perhaps that Medel was a student of Seydenfaden and received some of the master's teachings directly.



1r - 5v
7r - 20r
21r - 36v Gloss of Johannes Liechtenauer's Recital on long sword fencing by Hans Medel
37r - 42v Long sword by Hans Medel
43v - 49r Fechter & Ringer by Maarten van Heemskerck


Fencing Guild Records

Front Cover
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Inside Cover
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Folio Ⅰv
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Folio Ⅱr
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Folio Ⅱv
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Folio 1v
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Folio 2v
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Folio 3v
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Folio 4v
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Folio 6r
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Folio 6v
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Folio 7v
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Folio 8v
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Folio 14v
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Hans Medel von Salzburg

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Maarten van Heemskerck

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Inside Cover
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Back Cover
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Additional Resources

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  1. The final year of the record ending on folio 20r.
  2. Internally dated on folio 43r.
  3. The Fellowship of Liechtenauer is recorded in three versions of Paulus Kal's treatise: MS 1825 (1460s), Cgm 1570 (ca. 1470), and MS KK5126 (1480s).
  4. The writing of the t is uncommon then it is quite unsure.
  5. Indicator of end of paragraph or writing of the two letters sn as noted in the footprint 2
  6. Actually v with umlauts
  7. Second writer
  8. Two letters struck before the final ens
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 Third writer, probably Paulus Hector Mair
  10. Sheet cut, last sentence/title illegible.
  11. Symbol above der alt unreadable.
  12. Sheet cut, last sentence/title illegible.
  13. Means “mönch”.
  14. Mentioned before as creuznach, nowadays Bad Kreuznach in Rhineland-Palatinate.
  15. Some calligraphic writing follows here.
  16. I suppose a mistake there as a Jerg Heinrich von Schwebischen Gmendt is mentionned in 6v

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Work Author(s) Source License
Images Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg
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Translation Christian Trosclair Wiktenauer
Transcription Olivier Dupuis, Andreas Engström, Anton Kohutovič, Christian Trosclair, Michael Chidester Index:Hans Medel Fechtbuch (Cod.I.6.2º.5)