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This tickles beyond all measure: an expanded version of Henning’s Hieb-Fechten in Add MS 17533

Abstract

Erhardus Henning’s work on Hieb-Fechten is one of only a few 17th century German fencing treatises describing cut-based fencing. An expanded version of this text, containing a larger collection of lessons, can be found in British Library Add MS 17533 fol. 127v to 138v, titled only Daß Hieb Fechten. Based on the great similarities between these two texts, it is clear that they share a common ancestor.

In this contribution, the two versions of the Hieb-Fechten text are compared, and the main differences between the two versions are discussed. Based on the given comparison, and the more polished impression given by Henning’s published work, it is hypothesised this work presents a later version of the text than given in Add MS 17533. Whether Erhardus Henning was the original author of the text, or only edited and published an older text he did not author himself cannot be determined, though there is no reason to suspect he was not the original author.

Finally, full transcriptions and English translations of both works are provided, and the differences between the two texts are indicated in the translation.

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Replicating a seventeenth century sword: the Storta Project

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The Future of Historical European Martial Arts Studies. A discussion

Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries) , ed. by eadem (Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2016), pp. 594-602. Verelst, Karin, in collab. with Daniel Jaquet, and Timothy Dawson, ‘Conclusion’, in Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries) , ed. by eadem (Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2016), pp. 7-30. Spatz, Ben, What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research (London and New York: Routledge, 2015).

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“Your Kung Fu is very good, Master Fiore!” Asian and European fight books in comparison

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The art of fighting under glass: Review of museum exhibitions displaying fight books, 1968-2017

, Beitrag zur ältern Liteteratur oder Merkwürdigkeiten der Herzoglichen öffentlichen Bibliothek zu Gotha (Leipzig : Dyk’sche, 1838). Jaquet, Daniel, Karin Verelst, and Timothy Dawson, eds., Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries) , History of Warfare 112 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016). Jaser, Christian, ‘Ernst und Schimpf - Fechten als Teil städtlicher Gewalt- und Sportkultur’, in Agon und Distinktion. Soziale Räume des Zweikampfs zwischen Mittelalter und Neuzeit , ed. by Uwe

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Reaching Excellence: Staff Weapon Typologies, Contexts, and Fighting Techniques in the Collectanea of Pietro Monte

–30. Burkart, Eric, ‘The Autograph of an Erudite Martial Artist: A Close Reading of Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Hs. 3227a’, in Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th - 17th Centuries) , ed. by Daniel Jaquet, Karin Verelst, and Timothy Dawson (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 451–80. Deacon, Jacob Henry, ‘Prologues, Poetry, Prose and Portrayals: The Purposes of Fifteenth-Century Fight Books According to the Diplomatic Evidence’, Acta Periodica Duellatorum , 4th ser., 2 (2016), 69–90. Deacon

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Limits of Understanding in the Study of Lost Martial Arts
Epistemological Reflections on the Mediality of Historical Records of Technique and the Status of Modern (Re-)Constructions

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The typological debates around Le Jeu de la Hache (BnF MS Français 1996) and their stakes for HEMA practice

, Jean-Claude, La méthode en sociologie , Repères Sociologie, 194, 5. éd (Paris: La Découverte, 2007). Deacon, Jacob, ‘The Pollaxe: c.1350-1500’ (unpublished master’s thesis, University of Cardiff, 2016). Dupuis, Olivier, ‘The French Fencing Traditions, from the 14th Century to 1630 through Fight Books’, in Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books. Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries). , ed. by Daniel Jaquet, Karin Verelst, and Timothy Dawson (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2016), pp. 354–75. Dupuis, Olivier, and

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Economising Early Prints on Fight Books by Multiple Using Movable Half Page Woodcuts.
Insights into the layout work on the illustrations of Andre Paurnfeindt’s Fight Book of 1516 published by Hieronymus Vietor

(Nordstedt: Books on Demand, 2014), without page numbering. Bauer, Matthias Johannes “Rezension”, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur , 133 (2011), 510-4. Bauer, Matthias Johannes, “Teaching How to Fight with Encrypted Words: Linguistic Aspects of German Fencing and Wrestling Treatises of the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times”, in Daniel Jaquet, et al., eds., Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books. Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries) (Leiden: Brill, 2016), p. 47-61 Bergner, Ute, and

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Fighting in women’s clothes The pictorial evidence of Walpurgis in Ms. I.33

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