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Kunst des Messerfechtens (Cod.Pal.Germ.430)

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Kunst des Messerfechtens
Cod.Pal.germ.430, Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany

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Type Fencing manual
Date 1478
Language(s) Early New High German
Author(s) Johannes Lecküchner
Dedicated to Philip "the Upright"
Material Paper, in a modern binding
Size 122 folia
Format Double-sided, with red and
black ink
Script Bastarda
External data Library catalog entry
Treatise scans Digital scans (1200x1600)

Kunst des Messerfechtens ("The Art of Messer Fencing", Codex Palatine German 430) is a German fencing manual created in 1478 by Johannes Lecküchner and dedicated to Philip "the Upright" of Wittelsbach, Elector Palatine of the Rhine.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of the Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany. This manuscript is believed to be the rough draft of Lecküchner's work mentioned at the end of the 1482 version, Cgm 582. As the Cgm 582 is titled Kunst des Messerfechtens, that title may also be assigned to this unillustrated draft.



2r - 114v Messer by Johannes Lecküchner
115r - 116r
116v - 122r Blank pages


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Additional Resources


  1. The Cgm 582 states on folio 216v that "This material was composed by the Reverend Johannes Lecküchner, at that time of the parish in Herzogenaurach, in the year of our Lord 1478, but this book was written and completed in the 82nd year on the eve of St. Sebastian."
  2. Aristoteles, Metaphysica libri I-IV, 4, lib. 1, cap. 1. Translatio “vetustissima;” Translatio Jacobi Venetici

Copyright and License Summary

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

Work Author(s) Source License
Images Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
Translation Grzegorz Żabiński, Russell A. Mitchell, Falko Fritz Hammaborg Historischer Schwertkampf
Transcription Grzegorz Żabiński, Russell A. Mitchell, Falko Fritz Index:Kunst des Messerfechtens (Cod.Pal.Germ.430).pdf