I wasn't clear. The document is basically a description of a coat of arms, but the first paragraph is about the "Stammvater" who distinguished himself in battle in 1677. The document itself is undated, but I'd guess 18th century... (If it's not forged, as the source for the coat of arms is "Europaysche Wappensammlung," which I learned today is frequently cited (it doesn't exist!) in fradulent coats of arms...
erasmus: yes, I transcribed it the way it was written "thutig", but the writer seems to interchange a and u quite a bit... And, yes, I decided to make it "Geiste" because, as you point out, it makes the contrast to heart. There is an extra flourish after the "e", but we'll just ignore it. ;)
Since it was an assignment for which I was paid and no research of my own, I will refrain from posting a picture of the document or the coat of arms. Thanks for your input!