The staff of the Wiktenauer has the following announcement:
When we moved to the new server toward the end of last year we upgraded the wiki platform from 1.15 to 1.19, which has opened the door to a lot of new features and got us thinking about other upgrades and enhancements we could implement. I also [...]
The Wiktenauer now has an updated section on Lecküchner. According to the Wiktenauer, Johannes Lecküchner (or Hans Lebkommer; ca. 1430s – 1482) was a 15th century German cleric and fencing master. He was born in the Nuremberg area, and in 1455 he was inscribed at the University of Leipzig. In 1457, he received the title [...]
The Wiktenauer recently added information about Carlo Giuseppe Colombani (1676 – 1735/6), an Italian soldier, fencing master, and dentist at the turn of the 18th century.
He was born on 21 January 1676 in San Bartolomeo to Francesco and Isabella Colombani, who seem to have been of high social status. In 1693 at the age of [...]
The Talhoffer section of the Wiktenauer has been recently updated and expanded. Among the additions are four smaller composites of each of the four distinct treatises written by Talhoffer, compiled by Michael Chidester.
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Giacomo di Grassi was a 16th century Italian fencing master. Little is known about the life of this master, but he seems to have been born in Modena, Italy and acquired some fame as a fencing master in his youth. He operated a fencing school in Trevino and apparently traveled around Italy observing the teachings [...]
George Silver (ca.1560s – 1620s) was a 16th – 17th century British nobleman and fencing enthusiast. He was likely born in the 1560s, the eldest of four brothers; apparently at least one of them, Toby, was also an accomplished swordsman. Silver is described as a gentleman in his treatise, and was eleventh in descent from [...]
Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli (Ridolfo Capoferro, Rodulphus Capoferrus) was a 17th century Italian fencing master. He seems to have been born in the town of Cagli in Urbino and was a resident of Siena, Tuscany. Little is known about the life of this master, though the dedication to Federico Ubaldo della Roevere, the young [...]
Achille Marozzo (1484-1553) was a 16th century Italian fencing master. He was born in San Giovanni in Persiceto (a possession of Bologna) to Lodovico Marozzo in 1484. After moving to the city, he studied fencing after the Dardi style in the school of the great Bolognese master Guido Antonio di Luca, and may thus have [...]
The Wiktenauer now features a comprehensive section on Paulus Hector Mair. Mair (1517 – 1579) was a 16th century German civil servant and fencing enthusiast. He was born in Augsburg in 1517 to a wealthy and influential family in the German middle class (Burghers). In his youth, he likely received training in fencing and [...]
Pseudo-Gladiatoria is a series of uncaptioned illustrations initially drawn in the 1430s by an anonymous playing card artist. They were later acquired by Paulus Hector Mair, who bound them into the Codex Wallerstein in 1556. The illustrations would be nothing more than a curiosity were it not for the fact that Mair also reproduced them [...]