Die Blume des Kampfes (Cod.5278)
|Die Blume des Kampfes|
|Cod.5278, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
First page of the fencing manual, f 174r
|Place of origin||Unknown|
|Language(s)||Early New High German|
Fiore de'i Liberi (?)
|Material||Paper, in a white pressboard cover|
|Format||Single-sided; six illustrations per
page, without text (part II)
|External data||Museum data sheet|
The Codex 5278 is a German manuscript created some time after 1428, consisting of a war book and a fencing manual. The original currently rests in the holdings of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, Austria. The text is a compilation work including both Konrad Kyeser's popular treatise on siege warfare Bellifortis ("Battle Strength") and the first entry in the group of manuscripts known as die Blume des Kampfes ("The Flower of Battle"). This treatise might be based on the tradition of 14th century Italian master Fiore de'i Liberi given that his works include considerable technical overlap, but it is equally possible that they represent an earlier German tradition of which Fiore was himself an initiate.
|1r - 173r,
|Miscellaneous writings, including excerpts from Bellifortis by Konrad Kyeser|
|174r - 176r||Anonymous mounted fencing teachings|
|177r - 179r||Anonymous pole weapons teachings|
|179r - 186r||Anonymous armored fencing teachings|
|187r - 189r||Anonymous dagger teachings|
|189r - 196r||Anonymous grappling teachings|
|196r - 201r||Anonymous longsword teachings|
|201r - 203r||Anonymous sword vs. dagger teachings|
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- ↑ The manuscript mentions a duel between Heinrich von Ramstein and Juan de Merlo which occurred on 12 December 1428; see also Manuscripta Mediaevalia. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- ↑ 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.