Anonymous, Untitled - Cod 11093, c1450

Notes on Codex Vindobonensis B 11093:

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Very little is known about the author and the explicit source for this previously, unknown manuscript. According to Dr. Hans Peter-Hils, this fechtbuch appears to have originated in southwestern Germany, the clothing, arms and weapons point to the middle of the 15th century. The manuscripts configuration, scope and contents evoke associations to the " Gladiatoria ' - group (this is a catch all group whose major cause for association is that it does not directly fall into the Liechtenauers school, although they do exhibit many of the characteristics, but not all. The manuscript contains only illustrations in 46 pages, and cover fighting arts disciplines that include armoured fighting with spears, armoured longsword on foot, armoured longsword and dagger, pollaxe, wrestling and swordfighting on horseback. There is an entry naming the owner as the duke Friedrich Achilles of Wuerttemberg (1591-1630) son of the Duke Friedrich of the Wuerttembert. It is conceivablly that the manuscript was given for the purpose of weapons training in the lord's education. Dr. Peter-Hils describes the manuscript as being of parchment with 3 pages on front and back encapsulating the manual of 46 pages. Only the first of these pages has any entry, naming the Duke Friedrich Achilles of Wuerttemberg (1591-1630) son of the Duke Friedrich of the Wuerttembert as the original? owner of this manuscript.

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Lead Pages
The leading pages numbering 3 contain the only evidence of ownership by the Duke Friedrich Achilles and is in fact, the only text in the entire manuscript.
click to view text for Spear Section 1:Leer - Spear
Six illustrations depicting combatants in full harness fighting with spears. The combatants both wear what appears to be side-swords and daggers. The postas illustrated have very similar attributes to those found in Liberi's treatise.
click to view text for Armoured Combat with Longsword Section 2:Kampffechten im Harnisch zu Fu? mit dem langen schwert - Armoured Combat with Longsword
Possibly the most extensive coverage of 1/2-sword techniques can be found in these 50 illustrations. The entire armoured longsword section is devoted to close-quarters combat depicting many of the relatively familiar 1/2-sword techniques found in some of the other fechtbuchs of the period. Excellent examples of hooks, traps and disarms.
click to view text for Combat in Harness: Sword and Dagger Section 3:Kampffechten im Harnisch: Schwert contra Dolch - Combat in Harness: Sword and Dagger
Only three illustrations depicting sword and dagger techniques. The wielder of the sword gripping the sword in a 1/2-sword manner which would make sense if one partakes in close-quarters combat with an opponent wielding a dagger.
click to view text for Fighting in Harness with Daggers Section 4:Kampffechten im Harnisch: Schwert contra Dolch - Fighting in Harness with Daggers
Nine illustrations depicting dagger techniques in which many, if not most appear to grip the dagger with the classic "1/2-sword" grips, whereby he would grasp the grip with one hand (gauntlet) and the blade with the other. Excellent illustrations depicting hooks and traps.
click to view text for Axe Fighting in Harness Section 5:Axenfechten im Harnisch - Axe Fighting in Harness
Only four illustrations depicting pollaxe techniques. The postas and deployment share very similar attributes with those illustrations found in both Liberi and Talhoffer treatises. The last illustration (the fifth), depicts the pair in which one is armed with a longsword gripped in a 1/2-sword manner and the other with the pollaxe.
click to view text for Wrestling Section 6:Ringen - Wrestling
Ten illustrations depicting ringen presenting techniques that are not inconsistent with those found in the other fechtbuchs.
click to view text for Mounted Swordfighting in Harness Section 7:Schwertkampfe zu Ro? - Mounted Swordfighting in Harness
Four illustrations depicting swordfighting on horseback. Similar attributes can also be found in the illustrations on mounted swordfighting in Talhoffer's fechtbuchs.
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