ISBN: Originally written in Middle High German during the late 14th and early 15th centuries, the Codex Wallerstein has long been unavailable to scholars. Now with the publication of this large size book, the text and drawings are available to scholars and martial artists in the original Middle High German, as well as in Modern German and English translations. The codex offers an illustrated series of fundamental counters to common attacks, using the longsword, falchion and dagger, armored and unarmored, as well as the complete system of wrestling techniques.

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Images from the Codex Wallerstein - c. The Codex is a collection of anonymous German text and somewhat stylized illustrations from c. The manuscript noticeably contains three distinct styles of artwork from three different times. It includs useful material on the Langenschwert, Messerfechten, dagger and unarmed combat. The swords are more of the tapering spadone style of blade, rather than wider war-swords.

The fighting style is somewhat different from those in other Fecthbucher. The familiar principles of Vor, Indes, and Nach are included. Other techniques and concepts such as the Verzuckter Hau twitched strike or Waage balanced fighting position stance do not appear in Liechtenauer or Ringeck.

The images present "stills" of portions of movement from various techniques that are counters to attacks or attacks themselves. Seizures, pommel strikes, and Halb-Schwert are also visible. As with other sources, once again no direct parrying or any "edge blocking" is evident. All rights are reserved. No use of the ARMA name and emblem, or website content, is permitted without authorization.

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