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Historical Sources

As you can see below, there is an ever-growing list of source material out there to study.  Many WMA groups have done excellent work in posting original source material, and transcribing and translating this information.  This page is designed to be a useful centralized portal for those interested particularly in the German tradition (the underlined sources in black), though additional sources may make their way below as well from time to time. 

We apologize for the messiness (and we're working on cleaning up, promise!), but in the meantime we hope this is helpful to those interested in the history from which we are studying our art.  If you know of any updates or corrections, please let us know so we can keep this up-to-date for all. 

Happy Navigating! 


1400



  • 1425 - Sigmund Ringeck
  • 1443 - Hans Talhoffer 1 (Gotha)
  • c. 1450 - Wittenweiler Fechtbuch/CGM 558

Transcript at Freywind

  •  c. 1450 - Harleian Manuscript 3542
                    Transcript and Translation at Black Falcon
  • c. 1450 - Jud Lew
  • 1452 - Peter von Danzig  - Cod. 44 A 8 [Cod. 1449]

Transcript and translation to modern German

  • 1459 - Hans Talhoffer 3 (Copenhagen)
  • 1462 Schwabenspiegel. Chroniken von Zürich und Toggenburg. Fechtbuch. Jagd- und Beizlehre. Planetenverse. Monatsregiment - BSB Cgm 558
                    Plates at www.digitale-sammlungen.de
                    Transcription of Fechtbuch at freywild.ch
  • 1467/1469? - Hans Talhoffer 4 (Munich)

Plates

  • c. 1470 - Codex Wallerstein

HTML

  • 1478 - Hans Lecküchner 1 (Heidelberg? check links below)

Plates at www.digitale-sammlungen.de

Plates at digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de

  • 1479 - Paulus Kal 2 (Vienna? check link below)

Plates


  • c. 1480 - Falkner Fechtbuch

Transcription at www.hammaborg.de

  • 1482- Hans Lecküchner
  • 1485 - De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi - Vadi
                    Plates
  • 1491 - Mertin Siber/Speyer Fechtbuch? (check link below)

Translation and interpretation at ARMA

Half sword Translation and interpretation at ARMA




1500



  • c. 1500 - Donaueschingen Fechtbuch
  • 1507 - Landshut Ringbuch (Hans Wurm)
  • 1508 - Glasgow Fechtbuch  
                    wiktenauer.com entry

                    Transcriptions
                   
HTML at Hammaborg
  • 1512 - Albrecht Dürer
                    Originals
                    Dornhoffer
  • c. 1515 - Anonymous "Goliath"

Translation at Schielhau

  • c. 1515 - Solothurn Fechtbuch
  • 1516 - Andre Paurenfeindt
Originals
NA

Translations
La noble science des joueurs Despee (French, 1538):
  • 1522 - Jörg Wilhalm 2 (Mair's sourcebook)
  • 1522 - Jörg Wilhalm 3 (Mair's armored Fechtbuch)

Cod. I.6.4.5 Plates at media.bibliothek.uni-augsburg.de

  • 1531 - Christian Egenolph
  • c. 1550 - Wolfebuttel 1074 Novi
Originals
NA

Transcriptions

HEMAC
  • c. 1560 - Paulus Hector Mair
                    Originals
                    Munich: Plates at Austrian national library
                    Vienna: Plates at ARMA
                    Dresden: NA
  • 1570 - Joachim Meyer

Translation of First part of the Longsword at Schielhau

PDF from Raymond J Lord Collection

Plates at Bayerische library