Mair’s Longsword – The Pflug from Both Sides

This begins with both fencers in right Pflug. If your opponent is in left Pflug, reverse the instructions.

Step in towards the opponent with the right foot and hang the sword at your left side. Then drive up with the hilt over your head, step across with your left leg, and strike the Zwirch. If he perceives the Zwirch and displaces it, then spring across with your right leg and strike to the top of the head.

Again we see the use of a hanging guard as a provocation. Though not stated, a quick thrust to the face or chest is certainly possible here. But since he won’t like that, a Zwerch is more likely. And if that is likewise parried, a long edge cut to the head will finish it.

It may seem unusual to follow a Zwerch with a long edge cut but range matters a lot here. The right Zwerch is fine for close play, but in wide play it doesn’t have the reach that this does.

Meyer would call this “cutting away”, as it allows you to leave the engagement safely.

Prechfennster, the better Kron

But if you stand opposite him in the Pflug (Plow) and he does the Schaitlerhaw to you, then wind upwards into the Prechfennster (Speaking Window) so that you are looking out through the arms and your right foot stands forward. Then drop down and strike in with the half edge to the left ear.

Prechfennster is similar to Kron, but with the point more to the right than upwards. Both allow for a short edge strike, but this targets the left side of the head instead of the right and seems to be a bit faster. You can also unwind it for powerful cuts much like you do in Ochs.

Another Hanging Parry

If he strikes you like this, then displace it with your long edge and then immediately wind with your point to his left face or chest. Then let off (Ablassen) with your sword, step with the left foot in front of his right, and strike from above to his head.

The word “Ablassen” seems to be a mistake in transcription and should instead be Ablaffen (running off). If so, that means that from your hanging parry you let his sword slide off yours so that its still going in the wrong direction when you being your attack.

This is used a lot in Bolognese fencing from Guardia di Testa and would probably work well from both Prechfennster and Hangetort.

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