For Honour and Glory

Welcome to "For Honour and Glory". This Tumblr is dedicated to the wonders of the medieval world. Between the glamorous life of a knight and the struggle of the peasantry, the medieval era was an interesting one. I do accept submissions, so do, please, take the time to submit articles, stories, and images of interest. :) I get my images through Google, and none of them are mine unless otherwise stated. Thank you for visiting!


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Archaeology.. Posts relating to archaeology, digs, exhibitions, etc.
Architecture.. Medieval buildings are some of the most fascinating structures in the world. This tag covers anything to do with architecture: be it domestic, defensive, or ecclesiastical.
Art.. Examples of some of the finest medieval art, including sculptural work, paintings and illuminated manuscripts.
Articles and Studies.. This tag refers to articles written for academic purposes, such as research papers and journals.
In The News.. New finds are still cropping up in the modern world - this covers news articles on all aspects of medieval history.
Fashion and Frivolity.. Explores the more domestic side of things - fashion, food and entertainment.
Film and Television.. Speaks for itself - covers a range of topics to do with medieval film, television and other media such as documentaries.
Literature and Music.. Poetry, stories and verse thrived during this period.
Warfare and Armour.. Violence was a substantial part of medieval life. Under this tag you can view things relating to medieval combat, armour, weaponry and other topics from the battlefield.
Re-enactment.. From Renaissance fairs to full-scale battles, this highlights re-enactment events from all over the world.
Other.. If something comes up that doesn't seem to fit into any category, chances are it will end up here. Feel free to make category suggestions! :)



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15th century (first quarter?) France?

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France

Français 606: L´Epistre Othea by Christine de Pisan

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The thin rectangular pommel is formed of two parts with a raised central protrusion on each face, and this surmounts a tang of ‘hand and a half’ length. The very distinctive crossguard features strongly recurved arms that form a tight ‘S’ shape when seen from above. The arms of the crossguard are also incised with three simple, decorative furrows that run from the edges of the central swelling of the guard to the tips. The edges of the long, broad blade are almost parallel for most of their length and taper very subtly towards a spatulate tip. A broad and shallow fuller runs for about half the total blade length on each face.  In excavated condition, with a dark blackish-brown patina overall.

This striking example of a great ‘sword of war’ belongs to an interesting subgroup that may be said to originate from late medieval Hungary, although broadly similar swords may also be seen in the armoury of the Doges’ Palace in Venice. Blades of this type were very popular across Europe from the late 13th century and were optimised for dealing very heavy slashing blows and can be classified as belonging to Oakeshott’s Type XIIIa. The type seems to have remained in use throughout the fifteenth century in southern and eastern Europe, and a small group of examples with the distinctive regional style of our sword are known to exist.

The most obvious regional characteristic of the type can be seen on the crossguard, the arms of which are tightly curled into an ‘S’ shape when viewed from above. To either side of the central swelling to accommodate the blade, these arms have a ribbon-like cross section and expand slightly towards their tips. Although this S-shaped guard is predominantly an aesthetic feature, it is thought that the design had the additional benefit of protecting the wielder’s hand to some extent. A good example of this type of guard may be seen in an anonymous Hungarian painting depicting St. George, dated c. 1480, in the Christian Museum at Esztergom (Inv. No. 55.69). 

Another common feature of the type is the broadly rectangular pommel, which is quite lightweight and formed from two sections that have been braised together. The low weight of this type of pommel results in a sword that would have been quite blade-heavy, but very effective against a lightly armoured opponent. A few other swords of this group are known to have thin octagonal pommels.

Source: Peter Finer - Fine Antique Arms, Armour & Related Items 

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A reconstruction of the helmet found at Sutton Hoo, probably belonging to Raedwald of East Anglia, who died around 624. Based on a Roman parade-helmet design, it has decorations similar to those found in contemporary Swedish helmets found at Old Uppsala.


13th-14th century Italy - Bologna

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer

Cod. Bodmer 75: Decretum (cum glossa ordinaria Iohannis Teutonici et Bartholomaei Brixiensis) by Gratianus

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Drawings by Villard de Honnecourt. 1220s/1240s. Source.


Pretty #church #architecture #religious #cross #sky #medieval (Taken with Instagram)