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Talhoffer Spear Plays

With images from MS.XIX.17-3 and text from both XIX.17-3 and 78.A.15.

Translated and formatted by Harry, FSV.

45r.
The parry against the
side-strike.

XIX.17-3
78.A.15
Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

45v.
The over-arm thrust.

XIX.17-3
The pike stance.

78.A.15
Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

46r.
The strike from above
downward.

XIX.17-3
The stance for a powerful
strike.1

78.A.15
He intends to guard himself
against a powerful strike.

1.

Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

Grossen - Could be large, broad. Great in the


sense of size. But large strike sounds silly.

46v.
He swings at the powerful strike
and defends, then thrusts his
spear through him.

XIX.17-3
78.A.15
The swing has been well1
broken.

1.

Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

Judging by the image, the parry was a forceful


shove, turning the oponent around with the
leverage.

47r.
The swing is struck1

XIX.17-3
The end is thrown forward, he
wants to step in.

78.A.15

Here he is parried with the staff

1.

Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

No satisfactory way to translate. The Haut is


Schlagen.

47v.
Here he steps in, and swings in
with the spear, catching him by
the neck to throw him.

XIX.17-3
78.A.15

He has parried that, and drives


in to wrench him by the neck.

Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

48r.
Here a strike is thrown

XIX.17-3
So he throws an armed1 parry
and sets the point through him.

78.A.15

He parried the swing and set the


point through him.

1.

Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

Named for the use in armoured longsword. The


blade is gripped halfway and parries are made
between the hands.

48v.
As the strike is thrown,

XIX.17-3
Then the strike is defended and
he will throw him by the foot.

78.A.15

He is thrown by the knee.

Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

49r.
When he runs in and swings,
wanting to strike, then strike the
spear for an armed1 throw, then
over-grip the arm with the left
hand, and with the right, thrust
the spear through him.

XIX.17-3
78.A.15
1.

Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

Again the terminology from armoured fencing.


Probably a vertical parry with the left arm above the
parried attack, and the left below. Thus the left arm
is in position to overgrip.

49v.
This is the advantage1 with the
spear against someone mounted.

XIX.17-3
78.A.15
1.

Talhoffers spear plays from the MS XIX.17-3, 1450s.

Translations by Harry, FSV.

Doesnt quite translate 1:1. It just refers to the


strong position against cavalry.