Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey (Andre Paurñfeyndt)
|Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey|
|Foundation of the Chivalric Art of Swordplay|
Title page of the 1516 edition
|Also Known as||La noble science des ioueurs d'espee|
|Place of Origin||Vienna (1516)
|Language||Early New High German (1516)
Middle Walloon (1538)
|Sources||Johannes Liechtenauer's epitome|
|Publisher||Hieronymus Vietor (1516)
Willem Vorsterman (1538)
|Extant Copies||MS E.1939.65.357 (1516)
Hn 236 (1538)
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. An original edition currently rests in the R. L. Scott Collection of the Glasgow Museums in Glasgow, Scotland; a copy of the 1538 currently rests in the holdings of the Herzog-August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The text shows some connection to the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, but with significant unique material.
Paurñfeyndt's Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey was first published in Vienna in 1516 by Hieronymus Vietor. In 1538, it was translated into Middle Walloon (a language related to French) and published by Willem Vorsterman in Antwerp, 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 Altenn Fechter anfengliche kunst.
Some time before 1520, the section on pole weapons was copied into the MS German Quarto 2020 by an unknown scribe; based on the timeline and geography, it's possible that Paurñfeyndt was directly involved in this venture. In 1564, David Lienhart Sollinger created a new manuscript copy of this text, which was later bound by Paulus Hector Mair into the Codex I.6.2º.2.
|3 - 36||Longsword by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
|37 - 44||Short longsword by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
|45 - 58||Dussack by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
|59 - 65||Pole weapons by Andre Paurñfeyndt|
|66 - 67||Dagger by Andre Liegniczer|
|68 - 70||Sword and buckler by Andre Liegniczer|