Category Archives: Talhoffer

Talhoffer 1467, Plate 6 – More Thrusts

This seems to be a simple picture of downward thrusts with either foot forward. However, it holds some questions. First and foremost on my mind is the issue of the hands. If I thrust from the left, with either foot … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 5

This plate is used to illustrate countering a Oberhau with a Zwerch. Since we already discussed this action in plate 4, I want to focus on plate itself. According to Mark Rector’s translation, the cut is to the throat. But … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 4 – Zornhut vs vom Tag

In this action, we see two fencers thrusting from the guards Zornhut and vom Tag. This may seem rather unusual, but the reasoning becomes clear if we consider the options that come before it. The Oberhau The play begins with … Continue reading

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Geselle Longsword Syllabus (Video)

Includes Talhoffer, Peter Falkner, Doebringer, HS 3227a, and Codex Wallerstein,

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 3

The Attack – Interpretation 1 Imagine the fencer on the left in Left Pflug. From this position it is quite natural to throw a thrust at the face or neck. The fencer on the right is prepared for this can … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 2 Right

Talhoffer labels this plate Wechselhieb. Also spelled Wechselhauw, this is known in English as the Change Cut. As I understand it, the change cut is simply used to change from one side to the other or from low to high … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 2 Left

This guard appears to be Ochs or Ox.  Shown below are Meyer, Solothurner, and two from Mair.    According to Talhoffer’s caption, this guard is used to throw a Plunging Cut or Sturtzhauw. Meyer describes the Sturtzhauw as, Although this … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 1 Left

Interpreting Talhoffer is quite difficult. With only small fragments of text to accompany the images one has no choice but to consult other sources in order to understand what is actually happening. The fencer is in vom Tag or “From … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 1 Right

The first example of the guard used by the blue fencer can be found in Marozzo. Steven Reich’s Comparison of Guards from the 1536 and 1568 Editions simply lists this as “Guardia Unknown”. At first I thought this was a … Continue reading

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Review: Talhoffer Poleaxe from Revival

As the name implies, this as designed to replicate the poleaxe used in Talhoffer’s fight book. First, a look at the axes in use. As you can see, there is a spear-like spike on the end, an axe-blade on one … Continue reading

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