Tag Archives: crossbowman

German mounted crossbowman (15c playing card)

The most interesting detail is crossbow with “old-fashioned” composite bow. These were used in 15 century (one is even illustrated is Keiser’s “Belifortis”) but their depictions are rare.

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Spaning belt detail

Since mine spaning belt is nearing a point of no return where the buckle must be fastened, prototyp must be selected. Looks like I will be using Code[ Manese after all, with buckle on right hip and “wrong” belt direction.

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Outremer crossbows 13th century

Despite common impression that crossbow was a crusaders weapon, it was used by both sides of conflict. Muslim technology of composite bow construction significantly improved European weapons. on this illustration from William of Tyre”Histoire de l’ Outremer” both crusaders and … Continue reading

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Crossbowmen of 13th century Apocalypse

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Mounted crossbowman, swiss, end XV-early XVI century

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Naval battle, 13th century

From “Ships and Shipping in medieval manuscripts”

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Italian crossbow, second half of 15 century

Same principle as on earlier crossbows. The biggest differences are the ridge on the stock and longer top plate. Close inspection reveals inlays on the tiller and hinge securing the prod. No hooks or rods for advanced tensioning systems are … Continue reading

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Assault on Piombino and Italian crossbows

Two panels with “Assault on Piombino”, oil on panel, mid-15 century. Very nice crossbowmen and crossbow details – tillers looks very “industrial”, style than later will reach its apogee in Spanish crossbow. This fragment is of special interst: it depicts … Continue reading

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st. Nicolas church, Hagenau in the Elsass (1360)

Thanks to David Nicolle this image became almost iconic. Indeed it provides wealth of details: for example, buckle on the belt is visible, hook type is evident and its dimensions could be easily calculated. Crossbow is of classic “old” European … Continue reading

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Siege of the Jealousy castle

Flemish tapestry, early 16th century (Hermitage, St.Petersburg). Note how crossbow… er…woman is using her thumb to hold the bolt in place.

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