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Welcome to the Wiktenauer!The free library of Historical European Martial Arts books and manuscripts
|Without books no one can be a good teacher nor even a good student of this art.|
~ Master Fiore de'i Liberi, ca. 1405
Wiktenauer is an ongoing collaboration among researchers and practitioners from across the Western martial arts community, seeking to collect all of the primary and secondary source literature that makes up the text of historical European martial arts research and to organize and present it in a scholarly but accessible format. The Wiktenauer project started in 2009, later receiving sponsorship from the Historical European Martial Arts Alliance, and is named for Johannes Liechtenauer, grand master of the oldest known longsword fencing style; his tradition was also the best-documented of the early Modern era, the subject of many dozens of manuscripts and books over a period of more than three centuries. Here are a few basic categories of pages that are being constructed:
- Master Pages host biographical information about each master, as well as the transcription and translation of his complete works. In cases of multiple copies of a master's work, the transcriptions are laid out side-by-side to facilitate the most accurate translation possible. To aid in interpretation, the writings will also be illustrated with images from the masters' work as available. A bibliography at the end of each page lists additional transcriptions, translations, and scans that are available in print. The exemplar for this category of pages is Fiore de'i Liberi. Ultimately, every master in all of the traditions of Western Martial Arts will have a dedicated page.
- Treatise Pages host all relevant data on a book or manuscript, including description, provenance, table of contents (with links to the appropriate master pages), gallery of page scans, and bibliography of additional print resources. The exemplar for manuscripts is the Goliath Fechtbuch, while the exemplar for printed books is Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey. Ultimately, every text in the corpus of Historical European Martial Arts literature will have a dedicated page.
- Technique Pages compile all of the relevant information from all of the relevant manuals on a particular technique, including transcriptions, translations, and images. There is also a section at the end of each page where groups may embed videos of their interpretations. The template for techniques is the Zornhaw. Ultimately, every technique mentioned in the manuals will have a dedicated page.
- Weapon Pages provide information about how a specific weapon form is described and used in the treatises, data on surviving artifacts, an overview of archaeological research pertinent to a given weapon, and a comprehensive index of the treatises and writers that discuss each weapon.
The wiki also features pages for HEMA groups, pages for HEMA events, general information pages, and almost other topic of interest to the HEMA community you can think of. If you'd like to pitch in, simply request an account and consult How can I help?
Wiktenauer parent organizations
|Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Alliance
A US educational non-profit which provides a range of programs and services for its members and affiliate schools and clubs, as well as serving the wider HEMA community.
|Western Martial Arts Coalition (WMAC)
A pan-American network of researchers and instructors dedicated to the study of traditional European, American, and related fighting arts and martial traditions.
Historical European Martial Arts Federations
Western Martial Academies of Australia
Österreichischer Fachverband für Historisches Fechten
Societas Belgarum Scientiae Nobilis
Associação Brasileira de Artes Marciais Históricas Européias
Česká asociace šermířů
Fédération Française des Arts Martiaux Historiques Européens
Asociación Galega de Esgrima Antiga
Deutscher Dachverband Historischer Fechter
Magyar Hosszúkardvívó Sportszövetség
Vnione Arti Dimicatorie Italia
Polska Federacja Dawnych Europejksich Sztuk Walki
Federação Portuguesa de Esgrima Histórica
Historical European Martial Arts Federation of Slovenia
Asociación Española de Esgrima Antigua
Federación Española de Esgrima Histórica
Swiss Federation for Historical European Martial Arts
British Federation for Historical Swordplay
Each year Wiktenauer holds a two-week fundraising drive to cover our server fees and fund new projects and acquisitions. The following are the organizations are official sponsors of the 2015 fundraiser; a full list of donors can be viewed on the Contributors page.
Top three 2015 donors
|Kron Martial Arts|
|Schola Saint George|
|Associació Catalana d'Esgrima Antiga|
|Longpoint: HEMA Tournaments & Workshops|
|Noble Science Academy|
|The Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club|
|School of European Swordsmanship|
|Sword to Sword - Kunst des Fechtens|
|Système d'Armes - New Orleans|
|Tattershall School of Defense|