Le jeu de la hache

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Le jeu de la hache ("play of the axe") is a French manual on combat with the poleaxe dating to c. 1400. The manuscript measures 240mm by 160mm and consists of ten vellum leaves. The text consists of a prologue (fols. 2r-v, paragraphs 1-4), a main section (paragraphs 4-51) describing combat between two right-handed opponents, followed by a shorter part (paragraphs 52-73) discussing how a right-handed knight should deal with a left-handed opponent.

The manuscript is recorded to have been part of the library of Francis I in 1544 as it was moved to Fontainebleau.


  • Anglo, Sydney. "Le Jeu de la Hache. A Fifteenth-Century Treatise on the Teaching of Chivalric Axe Combat" Archaeologia 109 (1991) 113-28

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