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Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey (Andre Paurenfeyndt)

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Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey
Foundation of the Chivalric Art of Swordplay
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Title page of the 1516 edition
Also known as La noble science des ioueurs d'espee
Illustrated by Unknown
Place of origin
  • Vienna (1516)
  • Antwerp (1538)
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Pages 74
Extant copies
  • E.1939.65.357 (1516)
  • Hn 236 (1538)
Treatise scans

Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey ("Foundation of the Chivalric Art of Swordplay") is a German fencing manual by Andre Paurñfeyndt printed in 1516 in Vienna.[2] The text shows some connection to the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, but with significant unique material.

Sydney Anglo notes that Paurñfeyndt's is likely the earliest printed treatise on swordsmanship that includes illustrations.[3]

Publication History

Paurñfeyndt's Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey was first published in Vienna in 1516 by Hieronymus Vietor. In 1538, it was translated into Middle French and published by Willem Vorsterman in Antwerp,[4] where it was retitled La noble science des ioueurs d'espee. This translation omits all of Liechtenauer's verse, but retains the balance of the content and the original images. Sections of Paurñfeyndt's text were also reproduced in a 1530s book by Christian Egenolff entitled Der Allten Fechter gründtliche Kunst.

Between 1535 and 1540, the section on pole weapons was copied into the MS Germ.quart. 2020 by an unknown scribe. In 1564, Lienhart Sollinger created a new manuscript copy of the entire text, which was later bound by Paulus Hector Mair into the Codex I.6.2º.2.


1 - 2 Preface by Andre Paurñfeyndt
3 - 44 Sword by Andre Paurñfeyndt
45 - 58 Dussack by Andre Paurñfeyndt
59 - 65 Staff by Andre Paurñfeyndt
66 - 67 Dagger by Andre Lignitzer
68 - 69 Sword and buckler by Andre Lignitzer
69 - 70 Conclusion by Andre Paurñfeyndt


Title pages

German Edition (1516)
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French Edition (1538)
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These are all the half-blocks that were used to compose some of the full figures above. The figures not represented here were created as full-width blocks.

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Additional Resources

The following is a list of publications containing scans, transcriptions, and translations relevant to this article, as well as published peer-reviewed research.


  1. Actually a 20th century photostatic reproduction of the British Library's copy.
  2. According to page 78.
  3. Anglo, Sydney. The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000. p46.
  4. According to page 70

Copyright and License Summary

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

Work Author(s) Source License
Images Herzog August Bibliothek Herzog August Bibliothek
Transcription (1516) Michael Chidester Index:Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey (Andre Paurñfeyndt)
Transcription (1538) Olivier Dupuis, Didier de Grenier, Michaël Huber Index:La noble science des ioueurs d'espee (Andre Paurñfeyndt)