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The Witcher FEAT. Talhoffer - Malleus Martialis Firenze
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The Witcher FEAT. Talhoffer

The Witcher FEAT. Talhoffer

What do the Witcher Geralt of Rivia and Hans Talhoffer, the German Master-at-Arms of the XV century have in common? Let’s discover it!

We are here to share a crucial truth with you.
Yes: We finally said it. Nope: it’s not the Secret of Steel. Or maybe it is?
Our love for swords is not limited to work. In our freetime we are fencers, reenactors, we play regularly Dungeons&Dragons, we enjoy Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie marathons and guess? We like playing videogames and watching TV series.

So, we’re still obsessively singing “Toss a coin to your Witcher” from the Netflix TV adaption of the Witcher’s Saga (from the books by Andrzej Sapkowski), and we wanted to toss a couple of good gold coins to those in charge of the videogame’s historical accuracy at CD Project Red, they truly deserve an acknowledgement.
Even though the TV series has the spectacular asset of Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia, plus a very good cast in general and wonderful sceneries,  in our humble opinion it lacks of the “salt” given by the historical accuracy of the videogame…But does it make any sense talking about historical accuracy in a fantasy world?
Apparently it does because in the CD Project’s work – if we turn a blind eye to the unlikely placement of Geralt’s swords – the detailed historical-inspired clothing from different centuries and the anatomically correct design of the swords are very well melted with the fantasy context all around.

But there is an incredible period detail that we missed, that fortunately didn’t escape our friend Grappa e Spada’s beady eye. On a closer and careful look one might notice that the tattoo sported by some of the thugs in the game bear are exactly by a gloss featured in the XV century combat manual written by Johannes “Hans” Talhoffer, the notorious German Master-at-Arms.


Credits: Grappa & Spada – Simone Normani on
Cover: Adobe Stock, commercial license owned by Malleus Martialis.

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