GERMAN MOUNTED CROSSBOWMAN c.1480

An extract from Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2
by Ian Heath



119.      GERMAN MOUNTED CROSSBOWMAN c.1480

From the same source as the last, this figure wears a munition half-armour of breastplate and fauld over a short, long-sleeved mail haubergeon. His fur-covered quiver is characteristic of those in use in Germany, Switzerland and most of Eastern Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. Other particular details worthy of notice are the dagger thrust into the top of his boot, and the waterproof leather cover protecting the string of his crossbow, often referred to in use throughout this period but only rarely to be found depicted in contemporary illustrations. The crossbow itself is often depicted suspended from the saddle-bow at left or right.



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