healsre-feðer

healsre-feðer, f.n: the feathers of a pillow, down. (“hey-als-reh-feh-ther”)

pillow

Image from Ms.Thott.290.2º, which contains colourful images of various devices as well as fighting techniques. Here we see one technique for besieging a castle (using pillows?). Ms.Thott.290.2º was created in 1459; it was scribed by Michel Rotwyler and illustrated by Clauss Pflieger. The original currently rests in the holdings of Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen. It was most likely created as a reference book for the personal use of Hans Talhoffer, a 15th-century German fencing master.

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