The publication of the work of Joachim Meyer in 1570, printed by Thiebolt Berger in Strasbourg had no significant echoes in this city. There is not even a single copy preserved in the various heritage funds, and the only one conserved in Alsace is 50 km far away, in the Humanist library of Sélestat.
It does, however, denote radically significant book production for the period; in the first place, fencing is a subject still very little addressed by the German printers, despite the existence of a great tradition of manuscripts dedicated to this subject. Secondly, the use of engravings is common, but those used are of rare quality, and arranged in original and clever ways to save space, but also try to illuminate the movement described by words with frozen postures. Finally the content combines the tradition of chivalry weapons of the late Middle Ages (dagger, sword with two hands, stick), weapons of war used in a duel, which seems at first sight to be a counter-employment (halberd, large spades), and finally modernity with the rapier and the dagger.
The purpose of this conference is to explore the subjects emerging from this printed book: martial culture in the Germanic space in general and Strasbourg in particular, the integration of sports games in society, the reciprocal influences between military space and the culture of fencing, the sociology of fencers and fencing masters, the representation of gesture and movement, and others.
Depending on the number of participants, presentations may be 45 minutes to 1 hour, given in French or English.
The conferences will take place in the archives of the urban community of Strasbourg: archives.strasbourg.eu