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Ambraser Codex (MS KK5342)

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Ambraser Codex
MS KK5342, Kunsthistorisches Museum
Vienna, Austria

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Also known as Codex Nr. 55 Ambras
Date between 1480 and 1500
Language(s) Early New High German
Scribe(s) Unknown
Author(s) Hans Talhoffer
Illustrated by Unknown
Dedicated to Luithold von Königsegg
Material Paper
Size 58 folia (215 mm × 310 mm)
Format Double-sided; one illustration per side,
with text above
Exemplar(s) MS ⅩⅨ 17-3 (1446-1459)
Treatise scans

The MS KK5342 was copied between 1480 and 1500 from the MS ⅩⅨ 17-3,[1] a German fencing manual created by Hans Talhoffer between 1446 and 1459. The original currently rests in the holdings of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. Hils assumed that Talhoffer was involved in this manuscript's creation and dated it to the same period as the ⅩⅨ 17-3, but more recent watermark analysis shows that it was created after 1480 (and therefore probably after Talhoffer's lifetime).



1r - 7r Armored fencing by Hans Talhoffer
7v - 22r Luithold von Königsegg's duel by Hans Talhoffer
22v - 33r Dagger by Hans Talhoffer
34r - 42v Grappling by Hans Talhoffer
43r - 44v Staff weapons by Hans Talhoffer
45r - 56r Mounted fencing by Hans Talhoffer


Only the fragmentary facsimile from Hergsell is currently available.

Folio 1r
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Folio 1v
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Additional Resources

  • Der Königsegger Codex. Die Fechthandschrift des Hauses Königsegg. Ed. André Schulze and Johannes Graf zu Königsegg-Aulendorf. Geschichte Neu Erleben: Philipp von Zabern, 2010. ISBN 978-3-8053-3753-3
  • Hergsell, Gustav, and Talhoffer, Hans. Livre d'escrime de Talhoffer (manuscrit d'Ambras) de l'an 1459. Prague: Chez L'Auteur, 1890.
  • Hergsell, Gustav, and Talhoffer, Hans. Talhoffers Fechtbuch (Ambraser Codex) aus dem Jahre 1459: gerichtliche und andere Zweikämpfe darstellend. Prague: J.G. Calve, 1889.
  • Knight, Hugh T., Jr. The Ambraser Codex by Master Hans Talhoffer. Self-published, 2009. ISBN 978-0-557-38531-7


  1. Leng, Rainer. Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters, Band 4/2, Lieferung 1/2 – 38. Fecht- und Ringbücher. Munich: C. H. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2008. pp 58

Copyright and License Summary

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Work Author(s) Source License
Images Gustav Hergsell Talhoffers Fechtbuch (Ambraser Codex) aus dem Jahre 1459
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Transcription Gustav Hergsell Index:Ambraser Codex (MS KK5342)
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