Armourer: Book One of the Burgundiians


A vast export trade was built up, while Italian styles commanded wide influence. Only in southern Germany and in Austria were there comparable centers of armour manufacture during this particular period of time. Nearly every displayed harness is a composite, comprising of various pieces of similar styling. One nearly complete example found in the Historisches Museum, Vienna, unfortunately lacking its helmet and vambraces, dates from the decade beginning Otherwise only individual parts, particularly helmets, from complete knightly armours have been handed down from the beginning of the German late gothic period in the late 15th century.

Shown here is a most excellently preserved early German cuirass, as the complete armour was called. It is undoubtedly that of the Archduke Sigmund. Maximillian I probably used it himself when he was a young prince and presumably presented it to his uncle Sigmund, who succeeded him in as Lord of the Tyrol, part of the Hapsburg Empire.

The bridegroom received this cuirass made by Lorenz Helmschmid as an Imperial gift for the occasion. Augsburg had become a center for the manufacture of ceremonial armour, and Helmschmid was the preferred armourer of the Emperors Frederick III and Maximilian I, the self-styled "Last of the Knights".

This German armour clearly differs from the Milanese armour, presented above. Following Burgundian fashion, the proportions are slender with an extenuated narrow waist and are characterized by pointed shapes and fluted parallel lines. The sallet, a form of helmet, protects the head.

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The bright surfaces are edged with gilded ornamental bands patterned with lilies. This work, defined by the rippling of angular lines and sharp ridges, reveals the German's special talent for line and the graphic, contrasting the Italian armourer's preference for large and simple sculptured forms.

The armour possesses marked flexibility and did not unduly burden the prince, a man of small stature. BookPal August 25, Language: Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Radiating lines of repousse work, simple, fine, and delicate, had been introduced into the later forms of Gothic armour, the pauldrons had been fluted like the cockle-shell, and these flutings had been made of practical use in Maximilian armour, giving increased rigidity without weight, a factor which is found in modern corrugated iron. The mill is described in the rental of the manor, 44 Edw. Pellande, Rauffe Brand, Richd. The proving of brigandines was most carefully carried out, for in some instances every separate plate was stamped with the proof mark. Right cuisse of suit for fighting on foot in the lists, early XVI cent. The metal was cast into " sows " weighing from to lb.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Though considered by many to be a foreigner, Charles spent most of his life in Spain after his succession to the Spanish throne. The death of Maximilian I in gave Charles control of the Habsburg lands, extending his rule into Austria. His lineage and holdings made him an obvious candidate to succeed Maximilian as Holy Roman Emperor. His main rival for the position was France's Francis I, who would conflict with Charles throughout his life.

Charles prevailed and was elected in June of , around six months after his grandfather's death. Francis and Charles would spend years in conflict over the sovereign rule of Burgundy held by Francis , as well as territories in Italy. Charles eventually gained control of Milan, and conquered Rome.

When not fighting France directly, Charles fought against the Ottoman Empire, a threat to his Habsburg holdings, which was known to ally itself with France. Charles's lifetime saw the rise of Protestantism in Europe. Charles, as emperor, outlawed Protestantism, which led to conflict in his German lands. This was one of the steps toward the eventual souring of Anglo-Spanish relations and towards the establishment of the Church of England. In Charles V , bothered by ill health and gout, passed control of his Spanish and his Burgundian territories to his son Philip II.

His German lands and the Holy Roman Empire were passed to his brother Ferdinand, who had been given increasing control over them as Charles had fought in Italy and against the Ottomans. Charles spent his late years at the monastery of Yuste in Extremadura, a western province of Spain. Though not in control any more, he did communicate with those in power and remained interested in the fate of the empire.

Charles died September 21, Equipment of Charles V It should be no surprise that a monarch with Charles's wealth and political reach should have left behind a plethora of fine examples of arms and armour. Charles had access not only to the fine armourers of Germany like the Helmschmids and Konrad Seusenhofer favorites of Maximilian I , but also to the finest Italian armourers, like the Negroli family. This trove includes many full harnesses, many other armour pieces, firearms, and other weapons with ties to Charles.

Two armours made for Charles V when he was a boy, circa The earliest surviving items attributed to Charles V are two "costume" harnesses made for him as a child by Innsbruck armourers, probably commissioned by Maximilian I.

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The earlier one was made in circa by H. Rabeiler, the later one between and by Konrad Seusenhofer.

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Both are of a design called puffed and slashed and were made to follow fashion popular at the time, especially among the Landsknechts employed by the Holy Roman Empire. The later harness, with its skirt tonlet , features pierced bands of gilded silver over violet velvet. Both harnesses are housed in Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Four examples of the many surviving helmets belonging to Charles V: It is said to date from when Charles visited his Spanish kingdom for the first time. The harness is obviously built for the tournament, as it is reinforced on the left side to receive lance blows.

The helm is of the shape we now call frog-mouthed. The harness for the man has etched bands of foliage surrounding plain ones on its larger plates.

Some of these bands are echoed as decoration on the smaller pieces, as on the helm, gauntlets, and arms defenses. The bard horse armour features roped decorations and more etched bands, and removable lion's head decorations, as well as scenes depicting battles from the Bible.

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It is attributed to the Augsburg armourer Kolman Helmschmid. The "KD" Garniture The "Hunt Tonlet" Three-quarter harness, dating Also in Madrid is a splendid garniture known as the "KD" garniture or the armour de bordes adiamantados armour with diamond-studded borders. It is also attributed to Kolman Helmschmid and dates to circa