The quintessential Fechtschule location: The Heilsbrunner Hof in 1623

Fechtschule der Klopffechter, 1623

This 17th-century copper engraving memorializes a Fechtschule (here in the sense of public fencing contest) of the obscure Klopffechter brotherhood that took place in Nürnberg’s Heilsbrunner Hof in 1623.

Again, we see a “three-ring circus”, with multiple pairs of combatants:

The competitors comprise a hard-to-distinguish mess of pairs wielding Dussacken, two-handed-swords, and sword and dagger. More Dussacken lie scattered along the right-hand barrier.

31z86x2nfjl_sl500_aa240_***A detailed account of a Fechtschule is contained in my book,The Secret History of the Sword.

Detail: Sword and Dagger, and two-handed sword

Detail

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