We just added a rather unique new, but uncompleted treatise to our database. This time it is the Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8°, entitled "Das ander Theil des newen kunstreichen Fechtbuches, darin alle fürnembste nutzbarliche vnd geheimbte Stücke, so im Schwerdt, halben Stangen, Helbart, Tolch, Dosacken, Tolchnehmen vnd im Ringen  vnd Werffen nützlich können gebraucht werdenn, zu befinden seindt. Anno 1591. Mit handschriftlichen Erklärungen dazu", written by an anonymous author in 1591.

What makes it unique is the fact that it is not a Liechtenauer treatise and yet teaches both Ringen, longsword, dagger, staff, halberd and dussack.

As such it is the fourth known "original" treatise to handle the dussack, alongside of Andres Paurnfeindt, Paul Hektor Mair and Joachim Meyer (not counting the Meyer-derived Jakob Sutor and Theodor Verolini).

It is also the 2nd proper illustrated treatise to handle the Halben Stangen and the Halberd, with the other being the 1570 treatise of Joachim Meyer.

All this makes this treatise very, very interesting indeed. Not to mention the rather gruesome and gory images showing some sturdy boys whacking the living shit out of each other.

Thanks to Herzog August Bibliothek for providing this!

Roger Norling

Roger Norling is an instructor on Joachim Meÿer’s Halben Stangen (Quarterstaff) with the Gothenburg Free Fencer’s Guild (GFFG).

Starting with the Gothenburg Historical Fencing School in 2008, he is since 2015 a member of the GFFG. His main focus in his research is the “Kunst des Fechtens” and primarily the longsword, dussack and polearms. He has been focusing on the works of Joachim Meÿer since 2009. In this he has enjoyed collaborating with the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild and in May 2013 he became a Fechter of the MFFG.

Currently, he is writing on several books which will explore the teachings of Joachim Meyer, as well as on pedagogics for teaching martial arts.

He is the creator behind the three sister sites HROARR.com, Water on a Rock, an online journal on philosophical ponderings, and Northernbush.com and shares his experiences and knowledge in articles on both sites.

He regularly lectures on topics related to HEMA, and teaches workshops on Meÿer quarterstaff, dusack and longsword at various HEMA events around the world. For more about this, read his instructor’s profile.