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Tradition, Innovation, Re-enactment: Hans Talhoffer’s Unusual Weapons


Multiple manuscripts of Hans Talhoffer’s fifteenth-century Fechtbuch depict duels between combatants wielding faceted clubs and tall shields, as well as combatants in tight-fitting grey clothing, and duels between a man and a woman. Legal ordinances and court records from Talhoffer’s time and before him provide context for these scenarios and this equipment. Customary law regarding judicial duels varied significantly between German regions. It also changed over time, shaped by influences that sometimes originated well outside German-speaking lands. Talhoffer’s work and the Fechtbücher that followed him reflect a practice that spanned multiple regions, preserving fading traditions while embracing new innovations.

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The guild and the swordsman

, Brown and Co. Delbrück, H (Walter J Renfroe, translator), H, 1920. History of the Art of War, Volume III. 1st ed. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. Dollinger, P, 1970. The German Hansa, Vol 1.. 2nd Revised edition Edition. Palo Alto: Stanford Univ Pr. Eltis, D, 1989. Towns and Defense in Later Medieval Germany, Nottingham Medieval Studies v.33, Nottingham: Brepols Epstein, S.R. (et al), 2008. Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy. 2nd ed. UK: Cambridge University Press. Epstein, S. R

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

’, Staps 101 (2014) 119–34. < > [accessed 31 May 2017]. Tuaillon Demésy, Audrey, La re-création du passé: enjeux identitaires et mémoriels. Approche socio-anthropologique de l’histoire vivante médiévale (Besançon: Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2013). Tuaillon Demésy, Audrey, ‘Pratiquer les AMHE aujourd’hui : entre reconstitution, expérimentation et innovation’, E-Phaïstos , IV (2015) Tzouriadis, Iason-Eleftherios, The Typology and Use of Staff Weapons in Western Europe c.1400 - c.1550 (unpublished PhD

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A Well Regulated Militia Political and Military Organisation in Pre-Napoleonic Switzerland (1550-1799)

ETH Zurich 2005 Sigg, Otto, ‘Das 17. Jahrhundert’, in: Geschichte des Kantons Zürich, Band II: Frühe Neuzeit / 16. bis 18. Jahrhundert, various editors, (Zürich: Werd, 1996), 282-363 Silvestrini, Gabriella, ‘Rousseau, Pufendorf and the eighteenth-century natural law tradition’, History of European Ideas, Vol. 36 (2010), 280-301 Sonderegger, Stefan, Das altappenzellische Wehrwesen im Lichte der Orts- und Flurnamen (Trogen: Meili, 1962) Studer Immenhauser, Barbara, Verwaltung zwischen Innovation und

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