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Die Blume des Kampfes (Cod.5278)

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Die Blume des Kampfes
Cod.5278, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Vienna, Austria

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WiktenauerLeng
  • 38.9.12
  • 39.4.22
WierschinHils
Type
Date 1420s
Place of origin Unknown
Language(s) Early New High German
Scribe(s) Unknown
Author(s) Konrad Kyeser
Material Paper, in a white pressboard
cover
Size 203 folia
Format Single-sided; six illustrations
per page, without text (part II)
Script Bastarda
External data Library catalog entry
Images

The Codex 5278 is a German manuscript created in the 1420s.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, Austria.

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").[2] 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.

Provenance

Contents

1r - 173r,
199v, 201v,
202v, 203v
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

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Additional Resources

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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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