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Hans Döbringer

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Hans Döbringer
Born 14th century (?)
Died date of death unknown
Movement Liechtenauer tradition
Influences Johannes Liechtenauer
Genres Fencing manual
Language Early New High German
First printed
english edition
Żabiński, 2008

Hans 'Pfaffen' Döbringer (Hanko Döbringer) was a 14th or 15th century German fencing master. Pfaffen means "priest" and seems to indicate that he was a cleric as well as a swordsman. Döbringer is not mentioned by Paulus Kal as being a member of the Fellowship of Liechtenauer, and his exact relation to the grand master Johannes Liechtenauer is uncertain.

Döbringer is often erroneously credited with authoring the Pol Hausbuch, when in fact he, along with Andres Juden, Jobs von der Nyssen, and Nicklass Preußen, is but one of four masters credited with writing a brief addendum to Liechtenauer's Recital found therein. The rest of the manuscript is a compilation text consisting of treatises on a variety of mundane and esoteric topics by a number of other authors. Döbringer's treatise, on the other hand, is the only part that appears in multiple fencing treatises, being included in the Glasgow Fechtbuch. For this reason, the anonymous author of the other martial writings in the Pol Hausbuch is sometimes referred to as Pseudo-Hans Döbringer.