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Ortenburg Fechtbuch

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Ortenburg Fechtbuch
Location unknown
Also known as
  • Tambacher Fechtbuch
  • J. Schwerer Fechtbuch
  • Ms. 2. Cart.
  • Misc. S XVI
Date late 1400s (part 1), 1515 (part 2)
Language(s) Early New High German
Scribe(s) Unknown
Illustrator(s) Unknown
Material Paper, in a leather binding
Size 171 folia
Format Double-sided; illustrations with text
Script Bastarda
Previously kept Ortenburg Court Library, Tambach, Germany

The Ortenburg Fechtbuch is a compilation of two German fencing manuals, one created in the late 1400s and the other dated 1515. It was owned by the Counts of Ortenburg from 1558 to the 1980s, when it was sold to an anonymous French buyer and disappeared from public sight.[1] Most knowledge about the manuscript comes from a 19th century library catalog[2] and from microfilm scans that Hans-Peter Hils obtained prior to the sale.

The first part (folia 2r-71r) of the Ortenburg Fechtbuch closely matches the contents of the second part of MS KK5126, a manuscript from the 1480s that is sometimes attributed to Paulus Kal since the first part is a copy of his treatise. A study of the text shows that it is not directly copied from that manuscript, though, and rather both were copied from a shared parent manuscript.[3]

The second part (folia 83r-171r) is attributed to Hans Schwerer, and strongly resembles the later manuscripts of Jörg Wilhalm. Similar to the first part, this was not directly copied by Wilhalm for his works and instead, both probably derive from an even earlier source.



1rv Front matter
2r - 6v Recital by Johannes Liechtenauer
6v - 29v Gloss of Liechtenauer's Recital on long sword fencing by Nicolaüs
30rv Blank
31r - 40v Gloss of Liechtenauer's Recital on mounted fencing by Pseudo-Peter von Danzig
40v - 53r Gloss of Liechtenauer's Recital on short sword fencing by Pseudo-Peter von Danzig
53r - 59r Grappling by Ott Jud
59r - 63v Short sword fencing by Martin Huntsfeld
63v - 66r Mounted fencing by Martin Huntsfeld
66rv Anonymous poleaxe teachings
66v - 67v Anonymous longshield teachings
67v - 68v Sword and buckler by Andre Lignitzer
68v - 69v Dagger by Andre Lignitzer
70r - 71r Anonymous instructions on judicial combat
71v Blank
72r Proverbs
72v - 82v Blank
83r - 84r Dueling intro by Hans Schwerer
84v - 85r Duel between man and woman by Hans Schwerer
85v - 86r Longshield duel by Hans Schwerer
86v - 136r Short sword fencing by Hans Schwerer
136v Blank
137r - 171r Mounted fencing by Hans Schwerer
171v Blank


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