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Solothurner Fechtbuch (Cod.S.554)
|Das Solothurner Fechtbuch|
|Cod.S.554, Zentralbibliothek Solothurn|
|Date||ca. 1506 - 1514|
|Language(s)||Early New High German|
|Material||Paper, in a 16th-century leather binding |
with brass furniture
|Size||34 folia (originally 62) (195 mm x 145 mm)|
|Format||Double-sided; one uncaptioned illustration |
|Exemplar(s)||Cgm 1507 (ca. 1470)|
|Previously kept||Friedrich Fiala of Basil (1884)|
|External data||Library catalog entry|
The Codex S.554 is an early 16th century copy of Paulus Kal's fencing manual of ca. 1470. The original currently rests in the holdings of the Zentralbibliothek Solothurn in Solothurn, Switzerland. The paper of the manuscript bears a watermark that was used between 1506 and 1514, though it may have been created after that. Unfortunately, the manuscript survives only in fragmentary form: just 30 of the original 62 folia remain, including only 57 illustrations.
Kal's treatise consists of a partial redaction of the writings of Johannes Liechtenauer on Kampffechten, Roßfechten, and Bloßfechten, as well as Kal's own teachings on a variety of other weapons. It differs from the works of other followers of Liechtenauer in that instead of offering extensive glosses of the high master's verses, Kal explains them with detailed illustrations. This manuscript appears to be a text-less copy of the Cgm 1507, possibly mediated by the MS KK5126, but with decidedly superior artwork to the other copies of the Kal's treatise.
As only half of the original manuscript is currently available, this table of content is highly speculative. It has been extrapolated from the archetype and the image numbers found on the remaining pages.
|1r - 11v||Mounted fencing illustrations from Paulus Kal's treatise|
|12r - 28v||Armored fencing illustrations from Paulus Kal's treatise|
|29rv||Illustrations of dueling between a man and a woman from Paulus Kal's treatise|
|30r - 36r||Longshield illustrations from Paulus Kal's treatise|
|36v - 50r||Long sword illustrations from Paulus Kal's treatise|
|50v - 55r||Dagger illustrations from Paulus Kal's treatise|
|55v - 69r||Grappling illustrations from Paulus Kal's treatise|
- Studer, Charles. Das Solothurner Fechtbuch. Zentralbibliothek Solothurn, 1988.
- Lindholm, David. "Das Solothurner Fechtbuch: Giving it Voice." Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts. Ed. Jeffrey Hull. p 249. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-58160-668-3
- Lorbeer, Carsten and Lorbeer, Julia; Meier, Andreas; Wiedner, Marita. Die Handschriften Paulus Kals. Pragmatische Schriftlichkeit. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
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|Images||Zentralbibliothek Solothurn||WikiMedia Commons|
|Transcription||Index:Solothurner Fechtbuch (Cod.S.554)|