Friday, 16 May 2014

Military History Photo Friday: German Armor from the Sixteenth Century

These two lovely suits of armor are in the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, in Brussels, Belgium. They have a splendid collection of medieval arms and armor that will be the subject of an upcoming post on the Black Gate blog. I'll give you the link when it goes live next week.

The suit on the left was made in Germany in the third quarter of the 16th century, while the one on the right was made in the famous workshop of Michael Witz of Innsbruck around 1555. The helmet in between is also German from the mid-16th century.

Sadly I can't tell you more because the signage was all in French and Dutch. I puzzled out as much as I could and came to the odd discovery that while I studied both French and German many years ago, I had an easier time reading the Dutch because it was close to German and my German was always better than my French!

Oh, and what's that gauntlet on the lower right getting up to?


D.G. Hudson said...

Those suits of armor look impressive, but uncomfortable. Better than having a sword take an important part, but the weight on the horse must have been why warhorses were required. . .

I'll keep checking on this blog, now, Sean, looks like you've had fun exploring again.

C. Rancio said...

The next time that you'll be in Madrid, you must see the astounding Real Armería, at the Palacio de Oriente.

Sean McLachlan said...

I've been a couple of times, it's an amazing collection. In fact, I have an article coming out about Hapsburg armories in the December issue of the UK magazine Military History Monthly.

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