The true edge: a comparison between self-defense fighting from German “fight-books” (Fechtbücher) and the reality of judicial sources (1400-1550) (Pierre-Henry Bas) - APD1(2013)

Citation Information: Acta Periodica Duellatorum. Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 179-195, ISSN (Online) 2064-0404


The article discusses the “self-defense” techniques presented in fightbooks
and treaties. The objective is to determine if these techniques take the
reality of fight in account, to evaluate the difference between theory and practice
in remaining safe during an aggression. In order to do so, this work uses crossed
analysis, with remission letters (judicial sources) studied in the light of the
knowledge contained in the fight-books. This study is based on the sorting out
of weapons, wounds, and times of death found in remission letters (the data of
real fight). In parallel, the theorization of fight in treaties will be taken in