In 1831, Richard Wagner enrolled at the Universität Leipzig. He had been acquainted with German student fraternities since the political unrest following the July Revolution of 1830 and managed to get accepted as a Fuchs (pledge) at the Corps Saxonia—just eight days before the Easter vacation began and academic life ground to a hold.
The Irish beat each other with shilelaghs, the English drew blood with singlesticks and quarterstaves, the French wielded canne and baton. The Portuguese still play at jogo de pao and the Italians had the bastone. The Germans, however, showed no interest in wooden weapons, at least after the Fechtschul traditions of dussack and assorted staff weapons (most of which with a blade of one kind or another) had disappeared. How come?Continue reading →
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 →
For non-competition oriented forms of Central European cut fencing, this was the beginning of the end: Starting in the 1870’s, a diaspora of Italian fencing masters managed to displace, and then obliterate, traditional European cut fencing systems.
geb. Jena, 27. Juni 1843; gest. Leipzig, 20. Mai 1913
von Oskar Roux
Kaum hatte Ludwig Roux das Zenker’sche Institut in Jena absolviert, so unterrichtete ihn sein Vater in der Führung aller blanken Waffen sowie im Jagdrevierdienste. Am 18. September 1863 wurde er von der Jenenser Universität zum Adjunkten (vorfechter) bei seinem Vater bestellt, allerdings ohne Gehalt und ohne Aussicht auf spätere Anstellung in Jena. Zum 11. März 1865 berief man ihn als Universitätsfechtmeister nach Leipzig. Continue reading →