Another illustration done for Medieval Warfare Magazine a few months back.
This is the battle of Kutna Hora fought in a cold winter night between the Hussites, led by the famous commander, Jan Zizka, and the combined Hungarian and German coalition led by King Sigismund of Hungary (also soon to be Holy Roman Emperor). As you will notice the Hussites were a primarily infantry force based around the tactic of using war wagons as a bastion against enemy heavy cavalry assaults, a tactic Jan Zizka used to devastating effect and hence made popular among medieval armies of the European east. Here The Hungarians and Germans are caught off guard as Jan Zizka conducts an offensive push to break through the royalist forces which have surrounded his own.
Its was also interesting to read about the Hussite heresy and how it came about and why the Church was adamantly against them. There was even a letter sent by Saint Jeanne d'Arc to the Hussites threatening them with extermination if they did not renounce their heresy and embrace Catholic orthodoxy. Of course in such wars there's also always a whole lot of local politics involved which drove the conflict.
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And if any of you are interested you can check out the magazine here. Its a very interesting magazine if you're in to medieval history. >> [link]
This is an illustration done for Medieval Warfare Magazine, a dutch publication. It depicts a battle between the lightly armed but battle-hardened Almogavars of the infamous Catalan Company and the French Knights of the Duchy of Athens. Guess who won.
Raymond VII of Toulouse to be precise. Last gallant defender of his realm against the agression of the Roman Church and the northern French. Oil on card (Something new!)
Raymond was a Catholic but not Roman Catholic, perhaps. As Catholic as one might remain after seeing the things done to one's homeland in the name of that faith by the papal forces of the Albigensian Crusade; after seeing one's father falsely accused of murdering a papal legate and being denied the chance to clear his name; after having one's ancestral lands pillaged and titles usurped... I don't think Raymond ever subscribed to the Cathar ideology, but like his father he was reluctant to follow the Pope's command to hunt them down and kill them. Heretics as the Cathars were, they led holy and simple lives of apostolic poverty and provided real spiritual leadership to the people, while the high Roman clergy were corrupt, indolent and conspicuously wealthy. Meanwhile the pope Innocent III was busily trying to become monarch over all monarchs, and was as mired in politics as anyone. This is why the southern nobility resisted.
Count Raymond like the occitan noble and former rebel/patriot Oliver of Thermes was going to join the Seventh Crusade as a show of obedience to the Roman Catholic faith and Capetian dynasty, but Louis IX would hardly have let him stay behind! Anyway by then the wider struggle against papal absolutism has been taken up by Frederick II of Germany.
By then (the late 1240s) all was lost for the Count of Toulouse, Raymond's English alliance had collapsed, and Monstsegur had fallen, Raymond being in no position to relieve it. Raymond had ultimately been forced to give his daughter's hand to a scion of the Capetians, Alphonse of Poitiers, and the distinguished St-Gilles dynasty, with no male heir, was effectively over. Moreover Raymond was unable to prevent the establishment of the Inquisition in Toulouse, both these things being concessions he had to make to bring the Albigensian wars to a close.
the lower half all digital. Turned the warrior monk from a Templar to a Hospitaller. A knight of the Hospital of Jerusalem, a.k.a. Knight of St John. Circa 1280. The Hospitallers were almost as awesome as the Templars. They had a similar function of defending pilgrims and the Crusader States, and also accomodated and looked after pilgrims. And they were winners- they escaped suppression in the fourteenth century, forging their own realm on Rhodes and then on Malta (from where they continued the Crusades). They are still around today as a sovereign entity. Their uniforms were better than the Templars', too.