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Kölner Fechtregeln (MS Best.7020 (W*)150)

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Kölner Fechtregeln
MS Best.7020 (W*)150, Historisches Archiv
Cologne, Germany

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Also known as MS W.* 8 150
Date ca. 1500
Language(s) Early New High German (Ripuarian)
Author(s) Unknown
Size 23 folia (100 mm × 145 mm)
Format Double-sided
External data
Treatise scans Microfilm scans
Other translations Traduction française

The Kölner Fechtregeln ("Fencing Rules"; MS Best. 7020 (W*)150) is an anonymous German fencing manual created around the turn of the 16th century.[1] It currently rests in the holdings of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln in Cologne, Germany; it was housed in the wing of the Archive that collapsed on 3 March 2009,[2] but it was recovered and seems to have been undamaged.[3]

The Kölner Fechtregeln contains several verses resembling Johannes Liechtenauer's Recital, but it has few other obvious parallels to the teachings of the high master.[1] However, as Jay Acutt points out, it does bear a certain resemblance to the syllabus of the Marxbrüder fencing guild as described by Hans Sachs.[4]


The known provenance of the MS Best. 7020 (W*)150 is:

  • Created in ca. 1500[1] by an anonymous scribe; the dialect of German used in the text (Ripuarian) suggests an origin in Cologne, Germany.[5]
  • before 1824 – acquired by scholar and collector Ferdinand Franz Wallraf (donated upon his death, 1824).
  • 1824-present – held by the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln.


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Additional Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Matthias Johannes Bauer. "Köln, Hist. Archiv der Stadt, Best. 7020 (W*) 150". Handschriftencensus. Eine Bestandsaufnahme der handschriftlichen Überlieferung deutschsprachiger Texte des Mittelalters. October, 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  2. Newspaper article Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung 01.03.2010
  3. Personal report from one of the salvage workers.
  4. James Acutt. "The Fight-Lore of the Long Sword From the Kölner Fechtbuch (MS Best.7020)". Paleoeskirmology Historical Combat Systems. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  5. Handschriftencensus Rheinland. Erfassung mittelalterlicher Handschriften im rheinischen Landesteil von Nordrhein-Westfalen mit einem Inventar. Ed. Günter Gattermann. 1993. Vol. 2, pp. 1319f. (Nr. 2488)
  6. schylt: 1)shield. 2) to push off with an oar. a rudder pole. 3)shaved or peeled
  7. A proverb similar to the one also found in Kal (Cgm 1507, 6r)
  8. A similar description appears in Meyer, 1.19v.1 (Forgeng 2006, 64)
  9. "b" and "a" in the margin are to show that the two plays are in reverse order.
  10. this is not referencing the four positions, rather it is about posture and footing
  11. see parallell usage below in the triangle play
  12. Bröße: Brosche. A long straight awl or spike.
  13. inspect/see/behold/assess
  14. Pseudo-zettel, referring to the four openings (vier blossen) verse.
  15. A small spear often on a cord, thrown from a free hand
  16. A knedel is a knot or lump

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Transcription Dieter Bachmann Index:Kölner Fechtregeln (MS Best.7020 (W*)150)
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