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Hans Seydenfaden von Erfurt

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Hans Seydenfaden von Erfurt
Born 15th century
Occupation Fencing master
Nationality German
Citizenship Erfurt
Movement Fellowship of Liechtenauer
Influences Johannes Liechtenauer
Influenced Hans Medel von Salzburg
Language Early New High German

Hans Seydenfaden von Erfurt (Hanns Seyden Faden vo~ Erfürt) was a 15th century German fencing master. Seydenfaden means silk thread, possibly a reference to his occupation, and Erfurt is a city in the German state Thuringia. Though no treatise authored by him is currently know to survive, his renown as a master was sufficient for Paulus Kal to include him in the list of members of the Fellowship of Liechtenauer in 1470.[1]

Seydenfaden is also mentioned twice in the 1539 Hans Medel Fechtbuch.[2] This may indicate that Hans Medel possessed a treatise by Seydenfaden that is now lost, or even that he was a direct student of Seydenfaden himself.


Though no treatise by Seydenfaden is known to survive, the three teachings definitely attributed to him by Hans Medel are given below. This gloss also includes a number of other statements attributed only to "Master Hans", which might equally be references to Hans Seydenfaden or Hans Medel, but given their unclear authorship they are not included here.

Additional Resources


  1. The Fellowship of Liechtenauer is recorded in three versions of Paulus Kal's treatise: MS 1825 (1460s), Cgm 1570 (ca. 1470), and MS KK5126 (1480s).
  2. Medel, Hans, et al. Untitled [manuscript]. Cod.I.6.2º.5. Augsburg, Germany: Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg, ca. 1556. ff 29v, 30v