Fechtschule; Germany, 1598

The only place to get your Master's

The only place to get your Master's

Marxbrüder Fechtschule in Frankfurt…

This clipping from a 1598 edition of Sebastian Münster‘s  Cosmographia describes the city of Frankfurt am Main: “One should mention that during the time of the Frankfurt Messe, the Frankfurt fencing masters have the power to appoint new fencing masters, and to bestow to them the title of such mastership/ and such special privilege was given by the Roman Emperor to the citizens of Frankfurt / that no-one, at no other place, may obtain the name of Freyfechter, than at Frankfurt.”

The woodcut used may actually date back to the 1540s. The contestants use Dussacken, two-handed sword, and lange Stange.

You want the whole text and nothing but the text? Well, here you go: Here’s a scan of the entire page!

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