|Insights from Historical ArtworkThis is a unique and very interesting illustration.
On the right, note the large but single-edged blade and its extra long cross guard,
possibly known as a Grosse Messer" or later a
"Zwiehand sabel". It appears poised to thrust defensively in a verison of
Finestra or the Window gaurd or possibly to cut around. Note also how the back edge
is used resting against the raised right forearm. The fighter on the right is wields what
appears to be a great sword or early two-handed sword, possibly with a rounded
point. The support of the back of the blade by the arm or second hand is typical of
the use of the Messer and Dussack. Their stances are also wide and firm with the feet
positions seeming to indicate some form of passing movement or stepping footwork. The left
fighter is apparently a Swiss-German Mercenary. From Hans Baldung Grien,
"Fencing Landesknechte", c. 1516.
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