In Service of the Duke
The 15th Century Fighting Treatise of Paulus Kal
By Paulus Kal Translated by Christian Henry Tobler
Writing in the mid-15th century, Master Paulus Kal was the agent, confidante and fencing master to the powerful Duke of Ludwig IX of Bavaria-Landshut. In his fencing book, prepared for this ducal patron, he presented standard and variant techniques in the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, in beautifully rendered and highly detailed illuminations of figures wielding the sword, sword and buckler, dagger, messer (falchion), spear and poleaxe, plus mounted combat.
This English translation is presented in full-colour, oversize leather edition, complete with a protective slipcase.
About the Author
Dedication by Paulus Kal
Section I: Duel on Horseback & On Foot
Section II: Duel on Foot with Poleaxes
Section III: Duel with Clubs & Shields
Section IV: Duel Between a Man and a Woman
Section V: Sword & Buckler
Section VI: Longsword
Section VII: Messer
Section VIII: Dagger
Section IX: Wrestling
Technical Analysis / Commentary
Appendix A: Liechtenauer's Zettel
Appendix B: Brief Remarks on a Later Copy of Paulus Kal
Paulus Kal was a fifteenth-century German fencing master. His treatise is the first attempt to give pictorial representations of Liechtenauer's tradition of fencing.
Christian Henry Tobler has been a longtime student of swordsmanship, especially as it applies to the pursuit of the chivalric ideals. A passionate advocate f the medieval Liechtenauer School, his work in translating and interpreting Sigmund Ringbeck's commentary firmly established him as an important contributor to the growing community of Western martial arts.