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Codex Speyer (MS M.I.29)

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Codex Speyer
MS M.I.29, Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

MS M.I.29 Iv.jpg
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Type Fencing manual
Date 1491
Language(s) Early New High German
Scribe(s) Hans von Speyer
Material Paper, in a modern binding
Size 158 folia
Format Double-sided, with red and
black ink
Script Bastarda
Treatise scans Digital scans (750x1000)
Other translations Traduction française

The MS M.I.29 is a German fencing manual compiled in 1491 by Hans von Speyer.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of the Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria. It is important to note that Hans von Speyer was a scribe, not a master, and the book is a compilation text consisting of treatises on a variety of martial topics, by several different masters who stood in the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer. This treatise is the first to include the works of Martin Syber and Johannes Lecküchner with the Liechtenauer tradition.



1r - 2v Recital on the Longsword by Martin Syber
3r Anonymous poem on swordsmanship
5r - 7r Comparison of longsword and messer terminology by Andreas
10r - 44r Gloss of Liechtenauer's Bloßfechten by Pseudo-Peter von Danzig
46r - 117r Gloss of the Recital on the Messer by Johannes Lecküchner
119r - 126v Grappling by Ott Jud
129r - 130r Kampffechten by Johannes Liechtenauer
130r - 134v Armored fencing by Martin Huntfeltz (attributed to Jud Lew)
134v - 136v Armored grappling by Martin Huntfeltz (attributed to Jud Lew)
137r - 141r Armored fencing by Andre Liegniczer (attributed to Martin Huntfeltz)
143r - 158r Gloss of Liechtenauer's Roßfechten by Pseudo-Peter von Danzig


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Additional Resources


  1. Signed and internally dated on folio 158r.

Copyright and License Summary

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Work Author(s) Source License
Images Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg
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Transcription Dierk Hagedorn Index:Codex Speyer (MS M.I.29)