Henrici a Gunterrodt Sciomachia et Hoplomachia sive De veris principiis artis dimicatoriae



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description Fencing manuals (Fechtbücher), a form of the so-called literature of specific functions, were usually designed to teach someone to fight. The aim of this paper, however, is to introduce a treatise somewhat different from these. It was composed in 1579 by a Saxon nobleman named Heinrich von Gunterrodt and is remarkable for its author’s erudition in both Greek and Latin. More importantly, von Gunterrodt owned the oldest surviving Fechtbuch known as Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33 (ca. 1320). This paper deals primarily with the relationship between Gunterrodt’s own manual and the oldest I.33 Fechtbuch. Finally, it also addresses the ways in which von Gunterrodt implements classical authorities in his work.
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