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Sebastian Goriesky




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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2016 5:02 pm    Post subject: Swedish military fashion during late 15-16th century         Reply with quote

I'm researching a potential new rebated steel combat kit based upon the idea of a Swedish Man-at-Arms (or the equivalent there of) of moderate success. I was thinking of using a brigandine as my primary form of armour, but I was wondering if the Swedes would have followed the Gothic fashions regarding armour and weapons, or would they have been a bit more eclectic in their choice of weapons, reflecting a mix of eastern and western military fashion of the day? I would greatly appreciate any citation that could be offered in this matter as well as advice.
Away from his arms in the open field
A man should fare not a foot;
For never he knows when the need for a spear
Shall arise on the distant road.
-Havamal, Stanza 38
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Kim Jansson




Location: Sweden
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PostPosted: Tue 23 Aug, 2016 1:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi
I have been researching this subject for a while, no armour is preserved only murals and wooden statues of saints.

Some murals from Swedish churches: (ca 1480)
http://christermalmberg.se/pictor/motiv/motiv.php

The legend of st olof: (ca 1480?)
http://christermalmberg.se/pictor/motiv/legender/st_olof.php

A database with medieval art in sweden:
http://medeltidbild.historiska.se/medeltidbild/sok/avancerad.asp
In the field "motiv" type st göran or olof or erik
Dateringsintervall = time frame


One common thing in Sweden seems to be large rondells for protecting the armpit and the elbow. Also it seems to be rather common to use a onion shaped kettle hat with a ridge giong from the front to the back. Sometimes there is a gorget but more often just a kind of simple throat protection.


Hope this helps,
/Kim

Atached is St george from the end of the 15th century from the historical museum of Lund with a typical Swedish armour
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