TEUTONIC KNIGHT IN HABIT, 14th CENTURY

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



97.      TEUTONIC KNIGHT IN HABIT, 14th CENTURY

This is the Hochmeister Dietrich von Altenburg (1335-41), taken from a miniature on the official investiture document of 1337 showing Emperor Ludwig IV authorising the Order to conquer Lithuania. He wears the Orderís white habit and mantle with a black cross on the left breast, plus the obligatory beard that all brethren had to wear. His hair is long (all Germans wore their hair long, often to the shoulder-blades, from about this date through to the end of the era), but is still tonsured.



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