The Kölner Fechtbuch is an interesting manuscript dating from the 1500s. It contains some similarities to the Marxbrüder fencing syllabus described by Hans Sachs in 1548, although the content of the manuscript appears to be somewhat unique and does not appear to be a part of the Liechtenauer tradition like so many of the other manuals. However, some lines of text are similar to Liechtenauer’s verses. The lesson will look at some of the longsword material from this manual and will note the similarities and differences compared to the Liechtenauer tradition of unarmoured longsword fencing.
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