Sword & Buckler – The first guard of the common fencer in the I.33

Ακαδημία Ιστορικών Ευρωπαϊκών Πολεμικών Τεχνών

From ‘Hans Talhoffer~ as seen by Jens P. Kleinau’

While the text of the I.33 is obscured by bad church Latin, the images of the I.33 are even worse. The illustrations of the I.33 manual are flawed. They are a stylish medieval piece of art of more or less talented artists. The artists concentrated more on copying the drapery of the clothes from contemporary art than the real postures of the body. And they followed the typical display of feet and leg painting in that century. Unable to present three-dimensional objects, they moved every object to the frontal or side view. So if a object is somewhere between side and front, it was moved to an extreme. The body is always displayed in a rotated side view (3/4 view), so that the face shows both eyes. This is in no regard to the real body position.

But the text…

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