Medieval Martial Arts: Lethal Puffy Pants

From De Arte Athletica by Paul Hector Mair (c. 1500) at the Bavarian State Library

Just because they wear colorful, puffy pants, it didn't mean that these medieval martial artists weren't deadly. Paul Hector Mair documented the various gruesome weapons used by fighters during medieval times in his manuscript De Arte Athletica.

You can browse the entire manuscript online (it's 600 pages long), but if you're short on time, BibilOdyssey has some choice illustrations: Link

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Wow, that's a great site. I found a manuscript illustration ( of a fairly rare instrument that I am just learning to play:
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