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Ringer Kunst: funf und achtzig stücke
The Art of Wrestling: Eighty-Five Pieces
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USTC ID 691199
Author(s) Fabian von Auerswald
Illustrated by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Dedicated to John Frederick, Elector of Saxony
Place of origin Wittemberg, Germany
Language Early New High German
Genre(s) Wrestling manual
Publisher Hans Lufft
Publication date 1539, 1669
Pages 92
Treatise scans

Ringer kunst: funf und Achtzig Stücke ("The Art of Wrestling: Eighty-Five Pieces") is a German wrestling manual written in 1537 by Fabian von Auerswald. It was illustrated in the workshop of noted artist Lucas Cranach and printed in Wittemberg by Hans Lufft in 1539. One of the earliest printed treatises on wrestling, the book includes lucid descriptions and detailed illustrations of all of its 85 pieces.

Publication History

Ringer kunst was first printed 1539 in Wittenberg by Hans Lufft; it included 86 prints from the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder. In 1869, a second edition was produced by Karl Wassmannsdorff and printed in Leipzig by G. A. Schmidt.

Some time after the first printing in 1539, a manuscript copy with extensive annotations through the first half was produced by an unknown scribe (the 2º Col.MS.Philos.62).

Auerswald's plays and Cranach's illustrations formed the foundation of Paulus Hector Mair's treatment of wrestling in his fencing compendia of the 1540s-50s, though his actual text was largely replaced by longer sequences of techniques.


Ir - IIIr Introduction by Fabian von Auerswald
1 - 82 Grappling by Fabian von Auerswald
84 - 91 "Grappling in the pit" by Fabian von Auerswald


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Additional Resources

The following is a list of publications containing scans, transcriptions, and translations relevant to this article, as well as published peer-reviewed research.


Copyright and License Summary

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

Work Author(s) Source License
Images Lucas Cranach the Elder Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
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Transcription Keith P. Myers and Ingulf Kohlweiss Index:Ringer Kunst (Fabian von Auerswald)