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| name                 = Peter Falkner
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| name                 = Vechtboek
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| location              = MS BPL.3281, [[Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden]]<br/>Leiden, Netherlands
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| imageleft            = File:MS BPL.3281 IIIv.jpg
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| birthdate            = ca. 1460s
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| deathdate            = after 1506
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| occupation          = [[Fencing master]]
| Type                  = [[Fencing manual]]
| language            = [[Early New High German]]
| Date                  = 1520s
| nationality          =  
| Place of origin      = Belgium
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| Language(s)          = [[Middle Dutch]]
| citizenship          = Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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| Author(s)            = Unknown
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| Material              = Paper, with a modern binding
| movement            = [[Marxbrüder]]
| Size                  = 16 [[folia]]
| notableworks        = ''Kunste Zu Ritterlicher Were''
| Format                = Single-sided; one illustration per<br/>page, with text below
| manuscript(s)        = [[Kunste Zu Ritterlicher Were (MS KK5012)|MS KK5012]] (1495)
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| first printed edition= [[Christian Henry Tobler|Tobler]], 2011
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'''Peter Falkner''' (Peter Faulkner, Petter Falckner) was a 15th century [[German]] [[fencing master|Master of the Longsword]]. He seems to have been a resident of Frankfurt am Main, and he was certified as a master by the [[Marxbrüder]] some time before 1491. Falkner was a witness of record to the guild's biannual treasury accounting in 1496, a task he performed again in 1506. In 1502, he was elected as Captain (''Hauptman'') of the guild, and he seems to have served an unusual three consecutive terms.
The '''MS BPL 3281''' is a fragmentary 16th century [[Dutch]] [[fencing manual]] written in the 1520s. It resides in the holdings of the [[Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden]] in Leiden, Netherlands. The techniques in this manuscript are consistent with those of the [[Nuremberg Group|Nuremberg manuscript complex]] and the art style matches part A of the [[Codex Wallerstein (Cod.I.6.4°.2)|Codex Wallerstein]] (the earliest member of that complex), but its relationship to this tradition remains uncertain.
In ca. 1495, he produced a manuscript [[fencing manual]], ''Kunste Zu Ritterlicher Were'' ([[Kunste Zu Ritterlicher Were (MS KK5012)|MS KK5012]]), the earliest such text produced by a member of the brotherhood (with the potential exception of [[Hans Talhoffer]], whose membership is uncertain). Falkner's work resembles to some extent the earlier treatises of [[Paulus Kal]], which may have been his inspiration, and his writings may in turn have influenced [[Jörg Wilhalm Hutter]] and the anonymous author of the [[Gladiatoria (MS CL23842)|MS CL23842]].
([[Peter Falkner|Read more]]...)
([[Vechtboek (MS BPL.3281)|Read more]]...)
| style="color:#000;" | <div style="margin:3px; border:1px solid #e1bd64; background:#faecc8; text-align:left; padding:0.2em 0.4em;">'''Recently Featured: [[Das Ander Theil Des Newen Kůnstreichen Fechtbůches (Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º)|Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º]] – [[Pseudo-Peter von Danzig]] – [[Codex Döbringer (MS 3227a)]] – [[Johannes Liechtenauer]]'''</div>
| style="color:#000;" | <div style="margin:3px; border:1px solid #e1bd64; background:#faecc8; text-align:left; padding:0.2em 0.4em;">'''Recently Featured: [[Peter Falkner]] – [[Das Ander Theil Des Newen Kůnstreichen Fechtbůches (Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º)|Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º]] – [[Pseudo-Peter von Danzig]] – [[Codex Döbringer (MS 3227a)]]'''</div>
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Revision as of 18:53, 1 February 2014

Welcome to the Wiktenauer!

The world's largest library of Historical European Martial Arts books and manuscripts
Without books no one can be a good teacher nor even a good student of this art.
~ Master Fiore de'i Liberi, ca. 1405

Wiktenauer's mission is to collect all of the primary and secondary source literature that makes up the text of historical European martial arts research and to organize and present it in a scholarly but accessible format. The Wiktenauer project is funded by the Historical European Martial Arts Alliance and supported by researchers and practitioners from across the Western martial arts community. It is named for Johannes Liechtenauer, grand master of the oldest known longsword fencing style; his tradition was also the best-documented of the early Modern era, the subject of many dozens of manuscripts and books during a period stretching from ca. 1389 to 1713. Here are a few basic categories of pages that are being constructed:

  • Master Pages host biographical information about each master, as well as the transcription and translation of his complete works. In cases of multiple copies of a master's work, the transcriptions are laid out side-by-side to facilitate the most accurate translation possible. To aid in interpretation, the writings will also be illustrated with images from the masters' work as available. A bibliography at the end of each page lists additional transcriptions, translations, and scans that are available in print. The exemplar for this category of pages is Fiore de'i Liberi. Ultimately, every master in all of the traditions of Western Martial Arts will have a dedicated page.
  • Treatise Pages host all relevant data on a book or manuscript, including description, provenance, table of contents (with links to the appropriate master pages), gallery of page scans, and bibliography of additional print resources. The exemplar for manuscripts is the Goliath Fechtbuch, while the exemplar for printed books is Ergrundung Ritterlicher Kunst der Fechterey. Ultimately, every text in the corpus of Historical European Martial Arts literature will have a dedicated page.
  • Technique Pages compile all of the relevant information from all of the relevant manuals on a particular technique, including transcriptions, translations, and images. There is also a section at the end of each page where groups may embed videos of their interpretations. The template for techniques is the Zornhaw. Ultimately, every technique mentioned in the manuals will have a dedicated page.
  • Weapon Pages provide information about how a specific weapon form is described and used in the treatises, data on surviving artifacts, an overview of archaeological research pertinent to a given weapon, and a comprehensive index of the treatises and writers that discuss each weapon.

The wiki also features pages for HEMA groups, pages for HEMA events, general information pages, and almost other topic of interest to the HEMA community you can think of. If you'd like to pitch in, simply request an account and consult How can I help?

Recent Feature Additions

We've begun a major overhaul of the way the wiki stores information which should make article updates easier and possibly allow us to do some interesting stuff programmatically in the future. All transcriptions will be moved off of the master pages (or manual pages, in a few places) and shunted into their own dedicated pages from which they will be transcluded back into their previous locations. Which is a complicated way of saying that we'll be creating a single page for each transcription and then displaying pieces of that page wherever we need them. This is what we should have done in the first place, but I didn't this was possible back then (for all I know, it might not have been—that was four versions of Mediawiki ago) and we didn't have the right extensions installed even if I did.

The ultimate goal is to arrive at a point where the only content on a page is the English-language material (we'll visit the idea of moving translations onto their own pages at a later date), which will not only serve to make the code easier to read and edit, but will also make the translation engine more useful since it won't have to grapple with the transcription text when marking up a page. (Hopefully my long-suffering Spanish translators haven't lost interest after all this time that I've spent trying to get the wiki to a state where it can work for them.)

For a detailed explanation of how this system works, see the Wiktenauer:Tutorial. Since Goliath and Fiore dei Liberi are our exemplar pages for their respective categories, they get the treatment first and I've been using them to test out and tweak the model. After them, we'll be rolling through on a treatise-by-treatise basis, creating transcription pages and then updating master pages when all the content is in place.

Here's where you come in. This is a huge undertaking and will essentially usher Wiktenauer into its third major incarnation. Doing it by myself (yes, I've been using the royal plural throughout this note since it's just me working on it), this will take several months and won't be completed on any deadline. Gone are the days when I could put in 50, 60, 70 hours a week working on this. If it's going to happen soon, I'll need volunteers. This isn't difficult or technical work for the most part—I can walk someone through the process in just a few minutes—but it will consist of a lot of copypasta and repetition. (I usually watch movies while doing it to stay focused.)

(Alternatively, if you're good at that sort of thing and can develop an automated scenario for extracting and reformatting this content, I'd be very interested to hear about it. At the moment, the only automation I'm planning on is converting HTML to Wiki Markup Language for the transcriptions where I can get the source code.)

People often ask me how I learned so much about treatises, but there's no mysterious answer; this is how, looking at manuscripts for hours and hours (in my case, I'd guess I've spent somewhere above 6,000 hours) and seeing all the ways they fit together. Here's your chance to do a little of the same. Contact me here or elsewhere if you can help, and we'll talk about setting you up with a master or treatise that interests you (it's all got to get done, so why not start with something you like?).

~ Michael Chidester (Contact) 01:43, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

What's New?

MS BPL.3281, Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden
Leiden, Netherlands

MS BPL.3281 IIIv.jpg
MS BPL.3281 01r.jpg
Type Fencing manual
Date 1520s
Place of origin Belgium
Language(s) Middle Dutch
Author(s) Unknown
Material Paper, with a modern binding
Size 16 folia
Format Single-sided; one illustration per
page, with text below

The MS BPL 3281 is a fragmentary 16th century Dutch fencing manual written in the 1520s. It resides in the holdings of the Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden in Leiden, Netherlands. The techniques in this manuscript are consistent with those of the Nuremberg manuscript complex and the art style matches part A of the Codex Wallerstein (the earliest member of that complex), but its relationship to this tradition remains uncertain.

(Read more...)

Wiktenauer parent organizations

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Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Alliance

A US educational non-profit which provides a range of programs and services for its members and affiliate schools and clubs, as well as serving the wider HEMA community.

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Western Martial Arts Coalition (WMAC)

A pan-American network of researchers and instructors dedicated to the study of traditional European, American, and related fighting arts and martial traditions.

Historical European Martial Arts Federations

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Western Martial Academies of Australia
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Österreichischer Fachverband für Historisches Fechten
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Societas Belgarum Scientiae Nobilis
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Associação Brasileira de Artes Marciais Históricas Européias
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Czech Republic
Česká asociace šermířů
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Fédération Française des Arts Martiaux Historiques Européens
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Galicia (Spain)
Asociación Galega de Esgrima Antiga
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Deutscher Dachverband Historischer Fechter
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Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία
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Magyar Hosszúkardvívó Sportszövetség
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Vnione Arti Dimicatorie Italia
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H.E.M.A.-bond Nederland
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Polska Federacja Dawnych Europejksich Sztuk Walki
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Federação Portuguesa de Esgrima Histórica
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Historical European Martial Arts Federation of Slovenia
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Asociación Española de Esgrima Antigua
Federación Española de Esgrima Histórica
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Svenska HEMA-förbundet
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Swiss Federation for Historical European Martial Arts
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United Kingdom
British Federation for Historical Swordplay