Saturday, April 30, 2016

German fencing manual created by Paulus Kal

Paulus Kal

Bavarian State Library - Die Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

This manual has many images and detailed positions for fighting from horseback and from foot.

German fencing manual created by Paulus Kal
The Cgm 1507 is a German fencing manual created by Paulus Kal in ca. 1470. The original currently rests in the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, Germany. The manuscript is dedicated to Ludwig IX "the Rich" of Wittelsbach (1417-1479), Duke of Bavaria-Landshut. This seems to be the archetype of Paulus Kal's treatise, and the only copy that was certainly commissioned by the master himself.

The manuscript consists of a redaction of some of the teachings of Johannes Liechtenauer on mounted fencing, armored fencing, and unarmored fencing, as well as Kal's own teachings on a variety of other weapons. It differs from the works of other followers of Liechtenauer in that instead of offering extensive glosses of the high master's verse, Kal relies on detailed illustrations.
Despite being the most complete version of Kal's treatise, this manuscript is missing several pages, including two leaves between ff 2 and 3 and one each between 18/19, 79/80, 91/92, and 93/94. The missing folio 18a may have corresponded to the plays on ff 12v - 13r of the MS Chart.B.1021, but any content on the other five folia cannot currently be determined.

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