Pritsch​/ prɪtʃ

(lit. Board) was the name of the miniaturized ​brotschießel​ like rod with one end being thin and flat serving as its ‘striking’ surface, described further as ‘often preposterously large of leather or of split clacking wood and sometimes gilded…’ (Freytag, 1863, p1​52​).

The ​Pritsch​ was held and employed by the master of ceremonies (Pritschenmeister​) of ​Schützenfest​ and ​Fechtschule​. They were part announcer, jester, entertainer, and disciplinarian for these events.

For more look to the ​Nouveau Dictionnaire Allemand-François ​entry on​ ‘Pritchmeister​’ ​(1762, p451), and the entry entitled ‘Pritschenmeister’ in ​Reallexikon Der Deutschen Altertümer Götzinger (1885, p812); review the biographies in ​Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie​ of XVI century Pritschenmeister Lienhard Flexel (vol. 7, 1878, p119) and Heinrich Wirrich (vol. 55, 1910, p385-387).

For descriptions of the ​Pritschenmeister​ role in the ​Schützenfest​ of the era see the ​Pritschenmeister​ for Archduke of Austria Ferdinand II in the work entitled ‘Ordentliche gründliche Beschreibung des großen Schießen Stahloder Armbrust Zwickaw den 25 Augusti​’ (Siber, 1574) and chapter three of Georgiana Malcolm’s translation of Gustav Freytag’s ‘​Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries​’ (1863, pp1​34–186​).

Seventh Annual Meyer Symposium

The Region III Freifecthers are pleased to host the 6th annual Meyer Symposium in Monticello, IA on 16-20 May 2019 at The Z Barn, 19243 Stone Bridge Rd, Monticello, Iowa

* 16th is arrival day. after noon  please
* 20th event ends

Local Airports are:
CID Airport
MLI Airport
DBQ Airport
with prior coordination transportation to and from CID or DBQ Airports to the event site can be arranged.

Food, beverages, and lodging are all onsite and are included in the ticket price. But beware that lodging is Open Bay or bring your own tent; air mattresses and/or cots and blankets can be provided if requested.

Our annual Guild event furthers our collective understanding and interpretations of Master Meyer. We continue to focus on Kameradschaft, tradition building, and support of a generational approach to our beloved Art.

This three-day all inclusive on site Symposium will compose

  • group instruction and interpretive stuck work,
  • historical presentations,
  • free-play, Live steel cutting,
  • Fechter Evaluations and
  • a Fechtschul and a Feast.

Full Participation Ticket is $160, includes all events, meals on Friday (dinner), Saturday (all), and Sunday (all), and Monday (breakfast). Price also includes loft lodging, or you can pitch a tent.
Companion Ticket is $50, and covers all meals and lodging.

Get your Ticket  :  HERE