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  | [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 78.A.15)|MS 78.A.15]] (1450s)
 
  | [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 78.A.15)|MS 78.A.15]] (1450s)
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| [[Wolfenbüttel Picture Book (Cod.Guelf.78.2 Aug.2º)|Cod.Guelf.78.2 Aug.2º]] (1465-80)
 
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'''Hans Talhoffer''' (Dalhover, Talhouer, Thalhoffer, Talhofer) was a [[century::15th century]] [[nationality::German]] [[fencing master]]. His martial lineage is unknown, but his writings make it clear that he had some connection to the tradition of [[Johannes Liechtenauer]], the grand master of the German school of fencing. Talhoffer was a well educated man, who took interest in astrology, mathematics, onomastics, and the auctoritas and the ratio. He authored at least five [[fencing manual]]s during the course of his career, and appears to have made his living teaching, including training people for [[trial by combat]].
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'''Hans Talhoffer''' (Dalhover, Talhouer, Thalhoffer, Talhofer) was a [[century::15th century]] [[nationality::German]] [[fencing master]]. His martial lineage is unknown, but his writings make it clear that he had some connection to the tradition of [[Johannes Liechtenauer]], the grand master of the German school of fencing. Talhoffer was a well educated man, who took interest in astrology, mathematics, onomastics, and the auctoritas and the ratio. He authored at least five [[fencing manual]]s during the course of his career, and appears to have made his living teaching, including training people for [[martial dueling]] and [[trial by combat]].
  
 
The first historical reference to Talhoffer is in 1433, when he represented Johann Ⅱ von Reisberg, archbishop of Salzburg, before the Vehmic court. Shortly thereafter in 1434, Talhoffer was arrested and questioned by order of Wilhelm von Villenbach (a footman to Albrecht Ⅲ von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria) in connection to the trial of a Nuremberg aristocrat named Jacob Auer, accused of murdering of his brother Hans. Talhoffer subsequently confessed to being hired to abduct Hans von Villenbach, and offered testimony that others hired by Auer performed the murder.<ref>[[Jens P. Kleinau]]. [https://talhoffer.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/1434-march-20th-talhoffers-confession-in-salzburg/ "1434 March 20th – Talhoffer’s confession in Salzburg"]. ''Hans Talhoffer ~ A Historical Martial Arts blog by Jens P. Kleinau'', 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.</ref> Auer's trial was quite controversial and proved a major source of contention and regional strife for the subsequent two years. Talhoffer himself remained in the service of the archbishop for at least a few more years, and in 1437 is mentioned as serving as a bursary officer (''Kastner'') in Hohenburg.<ref>[[Jens P. Kleinau]]. "[http://talhoffer.wordpress.com/hans-talhoffers-life/ Hans Talhoffer’s life]". ''Hans Talhoffer ~ as seen by Jens P. Kleinau''. Retrieved 17 March 2012.</ref>
 
The first historical reference to Talhoffer is in 1433, when he represented Johann Ⅱ von Reisberg, archbishop of Salzburg, before the Vehmic court. Shortly thereafter in 1434, Talhoffer was arrested and questioned by order of Wilhelm von Villenbach (a footman to Albrecht Ⅲ von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria) in connection to the trial of a Nuremberg aristocrat named Jacob Auer, accused of murdering of his brother Hans. Talhoffer subsequently confessed to being hired to abduct Hans von Villenbach, and offered testimony that others hired by Auer performed the murder.<ref>[[Jens P. Kleinau]]. [https://talhoffer.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/1434-march-20th-talhoffers-confession-in-salzburg/ "1434 March 20th – Talhoffer’s confession in Salzburg"]. ''Hans Talhoffer ~ A Historical Martial Arts blog by Jens P. Kleinau'', 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.</ref> Auer's trial was quite controversial and proved a major source of contention and regional strife for the subsequent two years. Talhoffer himself remained in the service of the archbishop for at least a few more years, and in 1437 is mentioned as serving as a bursary officer (''Kastner'') in Hohenburg.<ref>[[Jens P. Kleinau]]. "[http://talhoffer.wordpress.com/hans-talhoffers-life/ Hans Talhoffer’s life]". ''Hans Talhoffer ~ as seen by Jens P. Kleinau''. Retrieved 17 March 2012.</ref>
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In addition to the four manuscripts which reproduce all or parts of the contents of the Gotha version, there are two others that only reproduce the material on dueling with longshields. These are the [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Guelf.125.16.Extrav.)|Wolfenbüttel]] and [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 014)|Coburg]] versions (which date to the 17th and 18th centuries, respectively), and they are also different from the other copies in that they have captions for many of the illustrations in this section. It's unclear who wrote the text or when it was written, but it's possible that the text is original to the treatise and the Gotha version is just a draft or incomplete copy of another, now lost, manuscript. In the absense of more information, it seems prudent to treat it as authentic. To streamline the concordance, these two sections are included at the far-right side of the longshield dueling and not included in any other sections.
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In addition to the four manuscripts which reproduce most or all of the contents of the Gotha version, there are three others that only reproduce single sections.
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[[Wolfenbüttel Picture Book (Cod.Guelf.78.2 Aug.2º)|Wolfenbüttel Ⅰ]] (1465-80) reproduces only 15 of the 34 illustrated wrestling plays, and also omits their captions. These are not exact copies of the plays in the [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS Chart.A.558)|archetype]], but are often depicted mirrored or with minor differences in hand or foot position.
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Conversely, the [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Guelf.125.16.Extrav.)|Wolfenbüttel ]] and [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 014)|Coburg]] versions (which date to the 17th and 18th centuries, respectively) contain the full section on trial by combat with longshields, and they exceed the other versions in that they add captions for many of the illustrations. It's unclear who wrote this text or when it was written, but it's possible that the text is original to the treatise and the [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS Chart.A.558)|archetype]] for all later versions is just a draft or incomplete copy from another manuscript, now missing. In the absence of more information, it seems prudent to treat the text as authentic.  
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! <p>[[Talhoffer Sammelhandschrift (2º MS iurid. 29)|Kassel Transcription]] (1600s){{edit index|Talhoffer Sammelhandschrift (2º MS iurid. 29)}}<br/></p>
 
! <p>[[Talhoffer Sammelhandschrift (2º MS iurid. 29)|Kassel Transcription]] (1600s){{edit index|Talhoffer Sammelhandschrift (2º MS iurid. 29)}}<br/></p>
 
! <p>[[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.icon.395)|Munich Transcription]] (ca.1820){{edit index|Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.icon.395)}}<br/></p>
 
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! <p>[[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Guelf.125.16.Extrav.)|Wolfenbüttel Transcription]] (1600s){{edit index|Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Guelf.125.16.Extrav.)}}<br/>by [[Dierk Hagedorn]]</p>
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! <p>[[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Guelf.125.16.Extrav.)|Wolfenbüttel Transcription]] (1600s){{edit index|Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Guelf.125.16.Extrav.)}}<br/>by [[Dierk Hagedorn]]</p>
 
! <p>[[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 014)|Coburg Transcription]] (1700s){{edit index|Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 014)}}<br/>by [[Dierk Hagedorn]]</p>
 
! <p>[[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 014)|Coburg Transcription]] (1700s){{edit index|Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 014)}}<br/>by [[Dierk Hagedorn]]</p>
  
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! <p>[[Talhoffer Sammelhandschrift (2º MS iurid. 29)|Kassel Transcription]] (1600s){{edit index|Talhoffer Sammelhandschrift (2º MS iurid. 29)}}<br/></p>
 
! <p>[[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.icon.395)|Munich Transcription]] (ca.1820){{edit index|Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.icon.395)}}<br/></p>
 
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! <p>[[Wolfenbüttel Picture Book (Cod.Guelf.78.2 Aug.2º)|Wolfenbüttel Ⅰ]] (1465-80){{edit index|Wolfenbüttel Picture Book (Cod.Guelf.78.2 Aug.2º)}}<br/>by [[Dierk Hagedorn]]</p>
  
 
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The earlest known copy made from the archetype, which was previously [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Ser.Nov.2978)|Cod.Ser.Nov.2978]], was sold to an unknown private collector in the late 20th century and is no longer available for study. For this reason, it cannot be included in the concordances below. The [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (2º Col.MS.Philos.61)|Göttingen]], [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Guelf.125.16.Extrav.)|Wolfenbüttel]], and [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 014)|Coburg]] versions only include plays of the duel between man and woman, so to make the tables easier to read, they are omitted from all other sections and included at the far right side of that one.
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The earlest known copy made from the archetype, which was previously [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Ser.Nov.2978)|Cod.Ser.Nov.2978]], was sold to an unknown private collector in the late 20th century and is no longer available for study. For this reason, it cannot be included in the concordances below. The [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (2º Col.MS.Philos.61)|Göttingen]], [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (Cod.Guelf.125.16.Extrav.)|Wolfenbüttel ]], and [[Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 014)|Coburg]] versions only include plays of the duel between man and woman, so to make the tables easier to read, they are omitted from all other sections and included at the far right side of that one.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:07, 25 August 2021

Hans Talhoffer
Born ca. 1410-15
Swabia
Died after 1482
Occupation
Patron
Movement Marxbrüder (?)
Genres
Language Early New High German
Archetype(s)
Manuscript(s)
Concordance by Michael Chidester
Translations
Signature Hans Talhoffer Sig.jpg
Talhoffer's heraldry, including the Lion of St. Mark

Hans Talhoffer (Dalhover, Talhouer, Thalhoffer, Talhofer) was a 15th century German fencing master. His martial lineage is unknown, but his writings make it clear that he had some connection to the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, the grand master of the German school of fencing. Talhoffer was a well educated man, who took interest in astrology, mathematics, onomastics, and the auctoritas and the ratio. He authored at least five fencing manuals during the course of his career, and appears to have made his living teaching, including training people for martial dueling and trial by combat.

The first historical reference to Talhoffer is in 1433, when he represented Johann Ⅱ von Reisberg, archbishop of Salzburg, before the Vehmic court. Shortly thereafter in 1434, Talhoffer was arrested and questioned by order of Wilhelm von Villenbach (a footman to Albrecht Ⅲ von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria) in connection to the trial of a Nuremberg aristocrat named Jacob Auer, accused of murdering of his brother Hans. Talhoffer subsequently confessed to being hired to abduct Hans von Villenbach, and offered testimony that others hired by Auer performed the murder.[1] Auer's trial was quite controversial and proved a major source of contention and regional strife for the subsequent two years. Talhoffer himself remained in the service of the archbishop for at least a few more years, and in 1437 is mentioned as serving as a bursary officer (Kastner) in Hohenburg.[2]

The 1440s saw the launch of Talhoffer's career as a professional fencing master. He purchased (and perhaps contributed to) the MS Chart.A.558, an anthology created in ca. 1448. The fencing portion is largely text-less and it may have been designed as a visual aid for use in teaching; in addition to these illustrations, the manuscript also contains a treatise on name magic and a warbook that might be related to Konrad Kyeser's Bellifortis. While Talhoffer's owner's mark appears in this manuscript,[3] his level of involvement with its creation is unclear. It contains many works by other authors, in addition to plays that are somewhat similar to his later works, and shows evidence of multiple scribes and multiple artists. It is possible that he purchased the manuscript after it was completed (or partially completed), and used it as a basis for his later teachings.[4]

Most notable among the noble clients that Talhoffer served in this period was the Königsegg family of southern Germany, and some time between 1446 and 1459[5] he produced the MS ⅩⅨ.17-3 for this family. This work depicts a judicial duel being fought by Luithold von Königsegg and the training that Talhoffer gave him in preparation, but it seems that this duel never actually took place.[6] He seems to have passed through Emerkingen later in the 1450s, where he was contracted to train the brothers David and Buppellin vom Stain; he also produced the MS 78.A.15 for them, a significantly expanded version of the Königsegg manuscript.[7]

In 1459,[8] Talhoffer commissioned the MS Thott.290.2º, a new personal fencing manual along the same lines as the 1448 work but expanded with additional content and captioned throughout. He appears to have continued instructing throughout the 1460s, and in 1467 he produced his final manuscript, Cod.icon 394a, for another of his noble clients, Eberhardt Ⅰ von Württemberg.[9] This would be his most extensive work, and the graf paid 10 Guilder as well as quantities of rye and oats for the finished work.[10]

While only a few facts are known about Talhoffer's life, this has not stopped authors from conjecture. The presence of the Lion of St. Mark in Talhoffer's 1459 coat of arms (right) has given rise to speculation that he may have been an early or even founding member of the Frankfurt-am-Main-based Marxbrüder fencing guild, though there is no record of their existence prior to 1474.[citation needed] Additionally, much has been made of the fact that Talhoffer's name doesn't appear in Paulus Kal's list of members of the Fellowship of Liechtenauer.[11] While some have speculated that this indicates rivalry or ill-will between the two contemporaries, it is more likely that Talhoffer simply didn't participate in whatever venture the fellowship was organized for.

Various otherwise-unidentified fencing masters named Hans have also been associated by some authors with Talhoffer. The 1454 records of the city of Zürich note that a master (presumed by some authors to be Hans Talhoffer) was chartered to teach fencing in some capacity and to adjudicate judicial duels; the account further notes that a fight broke out among his students and had to be settled in front of the city council, resulting in various fines.[12] In 1455, a master named Hans was retained by Mahiot Coquel to train him for his duel with Jacotin Plouvier in Valencienne; if this were Talhoffer, his training did little good as Coquel lost the duel and died in brutal fashion.[citation needed]

Treatises

Not only did Talhoffer produce at least three distinct treatises in his lifetime, but his writings have been reproduced in every century up to the present. They exist in well over a dozen manuscripts created in the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries; they have also been published a number of times in facsimiles beginning in 1887, including translations into English and French.

Talhoffer's writings cover a wide assortment of weapons, including the buckler, crossbow, dagger, flail, Messer, longshield, mace, poleaxe, spear, sword, and unarmed grappling, often both armored and unarmored, on horse and on foot, and in scenarios including tournaments, formal duels, and unequal encounters implying urban self-defense. Despite the obvious care and detail that went into the artwork, the manuscripts generally have only a few words captioning each page (and in many cases none at all); some were likely teaching aids and would need no detailed explanation, while the treatises for Königsegg, Stain, and Württemberg were probably intended as memory aids to review his teachings after he left.

Though there is considerable overlap in the specific plays Talhoffer teaches, the organization and exact contents differ in each of the main treatises. For this reason, they are listed separately below (along with their derivative copies) rather than being combined into one giant mixed concordance that fails to capture the organization of any of them. Though his authorship of his first manuscript, the Gotha, cannot be proven, it is included below because it is a useful reference to compare to his authenticated works.