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Mike Ruhala




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PostPosted: Mon 02 Mar, 2015 12:17 am    Post subject: Pictorial Sources For 15th C. Footsoldiers         Reply with quote

Anybody have any good pictorial sources that show footsoldiers from the Holy Roman Empire from the second half of the 15th c?
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Mar, 2015 2:45 am    Post subject: Re: Pictorial Sources For 15th C. Footsoldiers         Reply with quote

Mike Ruhala wrote:
Anybody have any good pictorial sources that show footsoldiers from the Holy Roman Empire from the second half of the 15th c?


These pictures are from a Shrine dedicated to Saint. Ursula who traveled to Cologne and got killed in one way or another. While the soldiers in the picture are meant to portray heathens and not 15th century soldiers the painter did include armor types of the second half of the 15th century.

If you want accurate sketches of soldiers of the last ten years of the 15th century than Albrecht Durer sketches might help you.

I'll post a few pictures but do take caution since I included a few of which were made after 1500.





(I believe this one was made just after 1500 but it shows older armor styles)



(Mercenaries or robber knights, late 15th century woodcut)




(Battle of Grandson, depiction is from 1513 but the armor styles are definitely older. Perhaps the Swiss armor is comparable to southern German armor but that I do not know for certain).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons...andson.jpg

(Another 1515 Swiss painting but the armor styles still look like they were not like those of 1515)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons...e5-230.jpg

(And another 1514 Swiss depiction with what seems like older armor styles)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons...g_1444.jpg
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Mark Lewis





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PostPosted: Mon 02 Mar, 2015 6:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A number of the other illustrated Swiss Chronicles from the late 15th c. have been completely digitized... The Berner Chronik and Spiezer Chronik in particular have hundreds of illustrations.
http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/subproject/swiss_chronicles
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