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Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica (MSS Dresd.C.93/C.94)

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Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica
MSS Dresd.C93/C94, Sächsische Landesbibliothek
Dresden, Germany
Date ca. 1542
Place of origin Augsburg, Germany
Language(s) Early New High German
Scribe(s) Unknown
Compiled by Paulus Hector Mair
Illustrated by Jörg Breu the Younger
Material Paper, in a leather binding
Size 2 volumes; 244 folia and 328 folia
Format Varies
Script Blackletter
External data Museum catalog listing
Treatise scans Digital scans vol 1 / vol 2 (4000x6000)

The MSS Dresden C 93 and C 94 are a two-volume 16th century German manuscript commissioned by Paulus Hector Mair and commonly dated to 1542. They currently rest in the holdings of the Sächsische Landesbibliothek in Dresden, Germany. Illustrated by the renowned painter Jörg Breu the Younger and produced at great personal expense, this manuscript is one of the three versions of Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica, Mair's enormous compendium of martial arts teachings.



Volume 1

Folio Section
1r - 19v Introduction by Paulus Hector Mair
20r - 21v
22r - 81v Longsword by Paulus Hector Mair (inc. pseudo-Gladiatoria and the Nuremberg group)
82r - 83v
84r - 113r Gloss of Liechtenauer's Bloßfechten by Pseudo-Peter von Danzig
114r - 115v
116r - 135v Dussack by Paulus Hector Mair
136r - 137v
138r - 180v Dussack by Johannes Lecküchner
181r - 182r
183r - 191v Short staff by Paulus Hector Mair
192r - 193r
193v - 199v Longstaff by Paulus Hector Mair
200r - 201v
202r - 211v Halberd by Paulus Hector Mair
212r - 213v
214r - 218v Scythe by Paulus Hector Mair
219r - 222v Flail by Paulus Hector Mair
223r - 226v Peasant Staff by Paulus Hector Mair
227r - 232v Mixed weapons by Paulus Hector Mair
233r - 234r
235r - 242v Sickle by Paulus Hector Mair

Volume 2

Folio Section
1r - 2v
3r - 24v Dagger by Paulus Hector Mair (inc. Gregor Erhart, the Nuremberg group, and pseudo-Gladiatoria)
25r - 27r
27v - 28v Dagger by Andre Liegniczer
29r - 55v Anonymous dagger treatise
56r - 58r
59r - 111v Grappling by Paulus Hector Mair (inc. Fabian von Auerswald, Gregor Erhart, pseudo-Gladiatoria, and
Kunstlicher stuck Kämpffens Ringens und Werffens)
122r - 113r
114r - 126r Grappling by Ott Jud
126v - 136v Anonymous grappling treatise
137r - 138v
139r - 142v Side Sword by Paulus Hector Mair
143r - 146r Side Sword and Dagger by Paulus Hector Mair
147r - 161v Sword and Buckler by Paulus Hector Mair
162r - 163r
164r - 171v Poleaxe by Paulus Hector Mair
172r - 173r
174r - 178v Armored Fencing from pseudo-Gladiatoria
179r - 181v Longshield from pseudo-Gladiatoria
182r - 199v [Tournament Book?]
200r - 202r
200r - 241r Armored Fencing by Paulus Hector Mair (inc. Jörg Wilhalm Hutter and pseudo-Gladiatoria)
242r - 243v
244r - 254r Armored Fencing by Andre Liegniczer
254r - 262r Armored Fencing by Martin Huntfeltz
262r - 266r Armored Grappling by Martin Huntfeltz
267r - 268v
269r - 297v Mounted Fencing by Jörg Wilhalm Hutter
298r - 300r
301r - 303r 27 Figures by Johannes Liechtenauer
303r - 327r Gloss of Liechtenauer's Roßfechten by Jud Lew
328r Closing by Paulus Hector Mair


[Digital images available for import]

Additional Resources

  • Hunt, Brian. "Paulus Hector Mair: Peasant Staff and Flail." Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts. Ed. Jeffrey Hull. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-58160-668-3
  • Knight, David James and Hunt, Brian. The Polearms of Paulus Hector Mair. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-58160-644-7