Monday, 2 May 2011

More of those Sword and Buckler ramblings

So, still no answer as to why that manuscript had seemingly anachronistic sword and buckler fighters in it - Magnus proposed that they might be meant to represent a more rural type of fighter.
In any case, I just noticed that the Jörg Breu Sketchbook is now available online, and guess what it has in it?
Okay, no need to guess
Looks like it's a direct copy of the other sketches, but in any case it's from the 1543 Cod.I.6.2°.4

See and

Apart from that I'm up to my neck in University work - no idea if I'll be able to make Monday's session in the park...

1 comment:

  1. THANK YOU THIS IS GREAT STUFF! The sword and buckler illustrations are the early foundation of all later sword play and you don't know where you are going uless you know where you came from. So it is no more anchronistic than you studing swords in an age of jets and machine guns. Also for this specific type of sword play perhaps the modern use(being ca. 1540s) is simply bowing to basic good ideas from their perspectve. Meanwhile in England generally and certain Spainish Military units sword and buckler play never went out of date even by 1540. So of these thigs might be useul to German soldiers or ring fighters. The old costumes make no attempt to hide the fact this is old and tried and true wisdom being shown.