Literary Feud; Germany, 1865

 

Wassmannsdorff requesting back-up

Wassmannsdorff requesting back-up

 

Academic squabbles have been part and parcel of Historical European Martial Arts since the inception…

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Dr. Karl Wassmannsdorff, one of the first sports researchers and the founder of critical HEMA analysis.

” A short time ago I  used from the Ducal Library year 1829 of the Thüringer Volksfreund, where […] there is an essay about the Thuringian fencers family of the Kreußlers is located. Involved in a small literary feud, I need to know the exact wording of a passage of the above mentioned essay.” 

Having received a reply on the 18th (not a bad turnaround for the 19th-century postal service!), Wassmannsdorff urges on the 22nd: “As my opponent is a very vicious man (bissig literally means “biting” and is usually applied to dogs), I must be as certain as possible, and now need another passage in Göttling’s essay…”

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