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|Also known as
|late 1400s (part 1), 1515 (part 2)
|Early New High German
|Paper, in a leather binding
|Double-sided; illustrations with text
|Ortenburg Court Library, Tambach, Germany
The Ortenburg Fechtbuch is a compilation of two German fencing manuals, one created in the late 1400s and the other dated 1515. It was owned by the Counts of Ortenburg from 1558 to the 1980s, when it was sold to an anonymous French buyer and disappeared from public sight. Most knowledge about the manuscript comes from a 19th century library catalog and from microfilm scans that Hans-Peter Hils obtained prior to the sale.
The first part (folia 2r-71r) of the Ortenburg Fechtbuch closely matches the contents of the second part of MS KK5126, a manuscript from the 1480s that is sometimes attributed to Paulus Kal since the first part is a copy of his treatise. A study of the text shows that it is not directly copied from that manuscript, though, and rather both were copied from a shared parent manuscript.
The second part (folia 83r-171r) is attributed to Hans Schwerer, and strongly resembles the later manuscripts of Jörg Wilhalm. Similar to the first part, this was not directly copied by Wilhalm for his works and instead, both probably derive from an even earlier source.
|2r - 6v
|Recital by Johannes Liechtenauer
|6v - 29v
|Gloss of Liechtenauer's Recital on long sword fencing by Nicolaüs
|31r - 40v
|Gloss of Liechtenauer's Recital on mounted fencing by Pseudo-Peter von Danzig
|40v - 53r
|Gloss of Liechtenauer's Recital on short sword fencing by Pseudo-Peter von Danzig
|53r - 59r
|Grappling by Ott Jud
|59r - 63v
|Short sword fencing by Martin Huntsfeld
|63v - 66r
|Mounted fencing by Martin Huntsfeld
|Anonymous poleaxe teachings
|66v - 67v
|Anonymous longshield teachings
|67v - 68v
|Sword and buckler by Andre Lignitzer
|68v - 69v
|Dagger by Andre Lignitzer
|70r - 71r
|Anonymous instructions on judicial combat
|72v - 82v
|83r - 84r
|Dueling intro by Hans Schwerer
|84v - 85r
|Duel between man and woman by Hans Schwerer
|85v - 86r
|Longshield duel by Hans Schwerer
|86v - 136r
|Short sword fencing by Hans Schwerer
|137r - 171r
|Mounted fencing by Hans Schwerer
- Hagedorn, Dierk (in German). Das Ortenburger Fechtbuch. Herne: VS-Books, 2023. ISBN 978-3-932077-53-1
- Hagedorn, p 20.
- See Serapeum: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekwissenschaft, Handschriftenkunde und ältere Literatur, Volume 3, p 366.
- Hagedorn, p 37.
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