The German novelist and poet Wilhelm Hauff (1802—1827) is more famous for his fairy tales than for his novels. Unreasonably so, because his Memoiren des Satan alone are better written and more enjoyable than all the semi-competent writage they throw at German literature students in college these days.
Hauff studied philosophy and theology at Tübingen. In 1826, he wrote Mitteilungen aus den Memoiren des Satan (Memoirs of Beelzebub), in which he works in some of the fencing activities of his brother, a member of the Tübinger Burschenschaft.
For the connoisseur of Gedecktes Hiebfechten, this is a rare monument of armament and strategy of the early Mensur… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, Duel, fencing, Library, Schläger
Tagged Biedermeier Mensur, memoiren des satan, memoirs of satan, mensur, Schläger, tübingen mensur, wilhelm hauff
Apart from a few late imports, wooden staves or sticks disappear from the printed instructional record of 18th- and 19th-century German martial arts literature.
There’s only one example of a wooden weapon being used in a more or less organized combative context in the early 19th century:
The Ziegenhainer walking stick.
And even this leaves something to be desired… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, Armory, fencing, singlestick
Tagged german stick fighting, jena, mensur, stoßmensur, stockfechten, stossmensur, thrust mensur, ziegenhainer
The expansive basket of the Mensur-Korbschläger not only protects head and hand of the fencer. In some cases, it served as a record of Mensuren fought. Like this 1844 weapon… Continue reading
Over at Deutsche Hiebfechtkunst, we’re compiling a repository of cinematic evidence regarding the various methods of European Cut Fencing. Check it out—and point out more to us!
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Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, fencing, Saber, Schläger, singlestick
Tagged cut fencing, fencing, glockenschläger, Hanns Heinz Ewesr, heavy saber, hiebfechten, Horst Wessel, korbschläger, mensur, saber fencing, sabre, säbel, Student von Prag, Terrone
FencingClassics members were among the first to see this up-to-now unknown early work of German Romantic genre painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner surface from oblivion. Now it’s official: It’s indeed a Hübner. And a great re-discovery!.
by J. Christoph Amberger
Baltimore, MD— An unknown painting from the formative period of the German Romantic painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner was recently discovered in the art collection of a private fencing history archive in Baltimore, Maryland.
The oil painting measures 46.5 cm by 60.5 cm and depicts a pair of fencers in the costumes of the early 19th century.
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Schläger
Tagged amberger, burschenschaft, carl wilhelm hübner, duel, escrime, fechten, fencing, german painting, mensur
All those long and lonely summer nights…
(Click to enlarge!)
Posted in 19th Century, Schläger
Tagged Corps Brunsviga, Corps hannovera, cut fencing, escrime, esgrima, fechten, göttingen, hiebfeshcten, mensur, mensurschläger, Schläger, schlägerfechten
A biedermeier meeting of the minds
Thanks to Mark Twain and Jerome K. Jerome, Anglo-Saxons on both sides of the Atlantic consider the Mensur — a pan-German ritual of passage practised wherever quality German is spoken Heidelberg Mensur — synonymous with Heidelberg. Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, fencing, Schläger
Tagged escrime, fechten, fencing, heidelberg, korbschläger, mensur, Schläger, student duel, student prince
Stammbuchblatt: Stoßfechten among German students
Images of German students engaging in thrust fencing are rare…
Mit Binden und Bandagen
German students posing in full battlegear…
Rare snapshot of a Schläger Mensur
Most 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of Mensuren are staged. This one isn’t…
Posted in 20th Century, fencing, Images, Schläger
Tagged duel, duelling, fechten, fencing, korbschläger, mensur, Schläger, schlägerfechten