The manuscript was up for auction at Sotheby's in 2005; MS 862 was its catalogue number in the nineteenth-century Donaueschingen catalogue.
It has been acquired in 2008 by the Musée National du Moyen Age - thermes & hôtel de Cluny, in Paris, where it is currently on display (inventory number CL23842).
- fols. 12r-57v, fencing with the longsword, 92 pictures, 37 of them with captions, showing two young men in combat, one dressed in pale red, one in blue.
- fols. 60r-69v, fighting with großes Messer, 20 pictures, no captions, the same two young men in chivalric combat.
- foll. 72r-87v, fighting with daggers, 32 pictures, one caption, the two young men again.
- foll. 95r-114v, grappling, 40 pictures, no captions, the same two young men demonstrating holds and throws and a hold to immobilise two assailants at once (fol.114v).
- foll. 118r-131v, fighting with a sword and buckler, 28 pictures, no captions.
- foll. 133v-148r,n fighting on horseback, 29 pictures, including competing with lances (fols. 133v-136v), swords (fols.137r-140v), wrestling on horseback (fols. 141r-146r, including wrestling the opponent's horse too), and fighting when one contestant is on horseback and one on the ground (fols. 146v-148r).
- fols. 149r-178v, 58 pictures, armoured combat, two with captions, fols.149r, 150r with lances), mostly with longswords, a scene of wounding on fol. 166r.
- fols. 180r-181v, 4 pictures, no captions, franconian judicial duels with shields and clubs, shields alone, and shield against swiss dagger.
- foll. 183r-191v, miscellaneous combats, 17 pictures, no captions, including poleaxes, maces, shields, battle-axes and lances, some armoured.
- fols. 194r-v, 2 pictures, two men in loincloths with swords, and a woman with a ball on a chain fighting a man with a club standing in a pit (franconian judicial duels).
- fols. 195r-121v, on fighting in full armour, 36 pictures, one caption, fighting with swords but often held from the middle or the other end (a style of fighting known as Gladiatorial, derived from a manuscript now in the Jagellonian library in Cracow, formerly in Berlin; cf. H. Wegener, Miniaturen-Handschriften der Preussischer Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Die Deutschen Handschriften bis 1500, V, 1928, pp. 61–2).
- K. A. Barack, Die Handschriften der Fürstlich-Fürstenbergischen Hofbibliothek zu Donaueschingen, 1865, 583.
- M. Wierschin, Meister Johann Liechtenauers Kunst des Fechtens, 1965, no. 3.
- H.-P. Hils, Meister Johann Liechtenauers Kunst des langen Schwertes, Frankfurt, 1985, no. 14, 46–50.
- H.-P. Hils in Die Deutsche Literatur des Mittelalters, Verfasserlexikon, 2 ed., V, 1985, cols. 811–6.
- F. Heinzer, Die Neuen Standorte der Ehemals Donaueschinger Handschriftensammlung, Scriptorium, XLIX, 1995, 317.
- Select images from the manuscript, courtesy of the Musée National du Moyen Age.