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Sciomachia et hoplomachia (MS Dresd.C.15)

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Sciomachia et hoplomachia
MS Dresd.C.15, Sächsische Landesbibliothek
Dresden, Germany
MS Dresd.C.15 01r.png
folio 1r
Date 1579
Language(s) New Latin
Author(s) Heinrich von Gunterrodt
Illustrator(s) Louradus Knobloch
Patron Johann VII of Mecklenberg
Material Paper
Size 76 folia
Format Double-sided; text with scattered illustrations
Treatise scans Digital scans (1900x1400)

Sciomachia et hoplomachia ("Unarmed and Armed Combat; MS Dresden C.15) is a German fencing manual created by Heinrich von Gunterrodt in ca. 1579.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of the Sächsische Landesbibliothek in Dresden, Germany. This manuscript treats grappling, dagger, dussack, poleaxe, side sword (both single and with secondary weapons), and spear. The introduction to this manuscripts seems to have been the basis for Gunterrodt's printed treatise De Veris Principiis Artis Dimicatorie ("On the True Principles of the Art of Fencing"), published the same year.

Gunderrodt refers to this treatise as book one, but any subsequent work he had planned never seems to have appeared.



1r - 4r Dedication by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
4v - 20v Preface by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
21r - 27v,
61r - 63v
Grappling by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
28r - 31r,
41v - 55r
Side sword by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
31v - 33v Dussack by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
34r - 39r Long sword and pole weapons by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
39v - 40v
Dagger by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
55v - 59r Sword and buckler by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
59v - 61r Double side swords by Heinrich von Gunterrodt
63v - 76r Cutting diagrams by Heinrich von Gunterrodt


[Digital images available for thumbnail gallery.]

Additional Resources


  1. Internally dated on folio 4r.

Copyright and License Summary

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Work Author(s) Source License
Images Sächsische Landesbibliothek Sächsische Landesbibliothek
Transcription Index:Sciomachia et hoplomachia (MS Dresd.C.15)