And Before All Other Things…

And Before All Other Things…


And before all things you should know and understand that the Sword is only one Art and it was devised and thought out hundreds of years ago. This art is the foundation and core and it was completely understood and known by Master Liechtenauer. Not that he himself devised or thought out what is described, but he travelled and searched through many lands since he wanted to learn and experience this art. – Doebringer (Lindholm).


* Sword and shield picture from Dresden’s manuscripts of the Sachsenspiegel, probably from (approximately) 1230 AD. Text (not seen) beneath it reads: Die Sonne soll man ihnen gleich zuteilen; which I, drawing upon my background in Old English, poorly translated as “The sun shall not assign them equal.” Jeff Hull, however, has proffered the following:

Literally: “The Sun shall one them equally allot.”

Or better contextually – thus the translation that I recommend as correct:

“One shall position them equally in the sunlight.”

Thus it is an instruction or recommendation to a possible judge of a judicial duel to have the combatants start their duel with equitable juxtapositions relative to the bright Sun.

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