Keith Farrell

The Kölner Fechtbuch: Context and Comparison (Keith Farrell) - APD3(2015)

Citation Information: Acta Periodica Duellatorum. Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 203-235, ISSN (Online) 2064-0404. September 2015


The Kölner Fechtbuch is a fascinating, unique treatise from the 16th
century. Although it is tempting to compare it with the Liechtenauer tradition
and to use knowledge, ideas and concepts from that tradition to interpret this
book, this article shows that such an approach would be flawed. To demonstrate
a proper examination and analysis of the longsword fighting system within the
Kölner Fechtbuch , this article compares and contrasts it with 15th and 16th
century sources with a connection to the Liechtenauer tradition, along with 16th
century sources from other traditions. Furthermore, this article examines the
Fechtschulen , their rules and their context, in an attempt to demonstrate that the
Kölner Fechtbuch is an example of this style of fighting.