Campus Life in 1600

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Campus Life in 1600


tennis match in 1589

university ball game in 1600

sword play at the University of Tubingen

college quadrangle at the University of Tubingen

dining hall at Tübingen college, 1589

lecture theatre or college chapel

Tubingen University Library, 1600

campus grounds at Tubingen University, 1600

jousting games

grounds at University of Tubingen 1600

archery field - Tubingen Univ. Baden-Württemberg

quarterstaff and combat training - Tubingen 1589

'Illustrissimi Wirtembergici Ducalis Novi Collegis quod Tubingae quam Situm quam Studia quam Exercitia Accurata Delinateo' - (something vaguely approximating: An accurate depiction of the illustrious Duke of Württemberg's new college of study exercises at Tübingen)

This album of thirteen engravings of university life in Germany was designed by Johann Christoph Neyffer and the plates were produced by Ludwig Ditzinger somewhere between 1589 and 1600. All the sparse references to this work do describe them as engravings but they appear more like ink/wash drawings to my eye. Of particular note is the second image above showing an early depiction of (real) tennis.

The trouble with the modern education system is that there is far too little attention paid to jousting and quarterstaff combat.

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