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Die Blume des Kampfes (Cod.5278)
|Die Blume des Kampfes|
|Cod.5278, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek|
|Place of origin||Unknown|
|Language(s)||Early New High German|
|Material||Paper, in a white pressboard cover|
|Size||203 folia (310 mm x 215 mm)|
|Format||Single-sided; six illustrations per |
page, without text (part II)
|External data||Library catalog entry|
The text is a compilation work including both a war book based on Konrad Kyeser's popular treatise Bellifortis ("Battle Strength") and the oldest entry in the group of manuscripts sometimes called die Blume des Kampfes ("The Flower of Battle"). It may be based on the tradition of 14th century Italian master Fiore de'i Liberi, given that his works include considerable overlap in artwork and technique, but it is equally possible that it represents a separate transmission of an older tradition of which Fiore was himself an initiate.
| 1r - 173r,
|Miscellaneous writings, including excerpts from Bellifortis by Konrad Kyeser|
|174r - 176r||Mounted fencing illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|177r - 179r||Pole weapon illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|179r - 186r||Armored fencing illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|187r - 189r||Dagger illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|189r - 196r||Grappling illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|196r - 201r||Long sword illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
|201r - 203r||Sword vs. dagger illustrations from die Blume des Kampfes|
- The library catalog dates it to ca. 1420/25. Notes were being added as late as 1428; see Jens P. Kleinau. "1428 The earthquake and the duel in the Codex 5278". Hans Talhoffer ~ A Historical Martial Arts blog by Jens P. Kleinau. 30 November 2011.
- The informal nickname "Die Blume des Kampfes" is simply a translation of the title of the Italian treatise "Fior di Battaglia"; the treatises themselves all appear to be untitled.
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|Transcription||Index:Die Blume des Kampfes (Cod.5278)|