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This colorful image comes from a German manuscript from around 1500. The manuscript itself is titled a "Treatise on munitions and explosive devices, with many illustrations of the various devices and their uses." This particular image demonstrates…

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The military shield in the center of this greater piece bears the family coat of arms of Jacob Ortlieb, highlighting the heraldic conventions that developed throughout the Middle Ages. The purpose of this memorial ‘death shield’ was to boast of a…

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This Hauberk (shirt) of mail was made made in Transylvania between 1550 and 1600. Mail had practical use during war. Though it was a form of armor worn by soldiers of various class and levels of wealth, the details on this mail makes it unique.…

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The intricate and extended decoration of this armor compared to the Field Armor depicted above suggests a use beyond mere physical protection and use in wartime. This armor, in fact, was commissioned by Magdalena Sibylla of Brandeburg for her…

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Created between 1450 and 1508 in Ak-Konyulu lands (now eastern Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, northern Iraq, and western Iran), this Turban Helmet was used on horseback in the field. Made with silver, gold, and copper alloy, one can see the careful…

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This set of armor, beautifully engraved and partially blackened, silvered and made of gilded steel and leather was constructed for Duke Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, around 1560. The gilded monogram on the torso of the armor indicates who it was…

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The represented coat of arms, which displays the crown of thorns, appealed to the knight and his sponsor as defenders of Christianity. According to the Gospel, a crown of thorns was placed on the head of Jesus leading up to the events of the…

Tapestry showing the Triumph of Constantine over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milivian
The Tapestry is from a series of tapestries on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, known as "The History of Constantine the Great". Designed in 1622 by Peter Paul Rubens and gifted to Cardinal Francesco Barberini in 1625 by Louis XIII of…

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Families used coats of arms as identifiers for them, both in battle and in general. This symbol of heraldry, became more common with the inception of full faced masks on the battlefield, as the only identifying factors in battle would be a knight’s…
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