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Talhoffer 1459 Fight Manual

Talhoffer 1459 Fight Manual

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Fight Earnestly
the Fight-Book from 1459 ADby Hans Talhoffer
transcriptiontranslationcommentaryby Jeffrey Hull
from Manuscript Thott 290 2ºmade in Bayern in 1459 ADnow at Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen Denmark 
 
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Fight Earnestly
The
 Fechtbuch
(Fight-Book) from 1459 AD by Hans Talhoffer is truly an uncanny work. In this edition of hiswork, the fight-master opens a window for us to his world. He shares knowledge from his own field of expertise – the martial arts of Renaissance Europe. Yet he also presents works from masters of the same and other fields – 
 Zwaintzig Ussrichtung 
(Twenty Directives) by fight-master Johann Liechtenauer;
 Bellifortis
(Battle Force) bymilitary engineer Conrad Kyeser; and
 Hie Lert 
(Here Teaches) by astrologer-physiologist Jud Ebreesch. By text and by pictures, numerous diverse and lively scenes are shown that are sometimes quite bizarre – vigorous fightinglessons, for judicial dueling and for battle; war-machines, strange inventions and secret formulas; and treatises uponcosmology and physiology.In this rich personal edition of his work, Talhoffer deals with a wide variety of things, from the lofty to the earthy.He has something to offer everyone – whether fighter, artist, botanist, philologist, herbalist, chemist, metalsmith,carpenter, jurist, kinesiologist, astronomer, culinarian, theologian, costumer, physician or otherwise.Although fighting-arts are the focus of Talhoffer’s book, it is really something of a kaleidoscopic view of theinterests and pursuits of the Renaissance German warrior, inclusive of manifold things meaningful to his life.However atavistic or unreal his world may be deemed now, it did truly exist and held wonder and honour worthy of our admiration.The diversity of this book stands witness to Hans Talhoffer as one of the dynamic personalities of his generation – one whom we must deem was a true Renaissance Man.All imagery herein is from the 1459-Thott edition, courtesy of the original 15
th
Century manuscript held bysterwardship of Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen Denmark. I made this PDF to present that work here for the free learning of all sincerely interested persons. It may be viewed via personal computer, saved onto CDR and/or printed into hard-copy, allowing complete archiving of the document in whatever quality format one maychoose – with the understanding that it is meant for noncommercial and nonprofit educational usage. The imageryherein is colour-corrected; and where needed in four folios, the action of the artwork is conceptually restored. Theoriginal uncorrected DKB facsimile still exists online. DKB is found in the Web at this URL: http://www.kb.dk So first is the facsimile of the original book itself, which lets you see the words and pictures for yourself. Next aremy transcription of its German and my translation of that into English – the transcription gives you directcomprehensible reference to the original German wording, while the translation gives you the first and onlyrendering of that wording into English. Lastly is my interpretive commentary, which helps you better understandmany aspects of the words and pictures.So now let us begin. ~
 Jeffrey Hull  Kansas Ascension Day – May 2007 
 
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Imaging – Scale about 1 to 1.7 of Facsimile to Original – Colour-Corrected – Conceptually RestoredDesign, Colour-Correction and Typeset by Ragnarok Works – Fonting in Times New RomanTalhoffer Fight-Book Imagery is Public Domain© Conceptually Restored Artwork is Copyright 2006 of Tracey Zoeller © Transcription, Translation and Commentary are Copyright 2006 of Jeffrey Hull Notice: Copying and printing of this lawfully copyrighted document for personal and public nonprofit educational purposes is allowed. However, any other copying, especially for plagiarising or profiteering, is forbidden.Warning: The combative moves of the fight-book are hazardous, maiming and/or deadly. Any martial arts practicethereof must be done wisely and carefully. Such is always at one’s own risk. Also know that the various chemical& herbal mixtures, as well as the war-machinery, are all dangerous. Be warned !

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