Hammaborg originates from a training group that was founded in Hamburg in 1999 and dedicates itself to reconstructing and training historical European martial arts. The sources we work with are transcriptions and facsimiles of German manuscripts from the 14th and 15th century: MS I.33 for instance, the oldest known (fightbook) of the world, as well as several manuscripts in the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, a master of martial arts in the late 14th century.

Unfortunately, no comparable sources exist for the reconstruction of early medieval fighting techniques. Nevertheless we endeavour to draw conclusions about armoured single combat—particularly concerning fighting with the large Viking round shield. For this purpose we compare contemporary iconography and fighting-related literature from later times and complement this with practical experiments with replicas of early medieval arms and armour.


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