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2 Questions

PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 7:30 pm
by Mid Knight
Hi, I have a question. Were there still knights during the Renaissance, or were they called something else? And what type of armor did they wear? Anyone have (an) accurate picture(s)?

One more question: Anyone have a picture(s) of siege towers and/or batteriing rams?

Thanks a lot!


Re: 2 Questions

PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:02 pm
by Tanotrooper
well, you have the famous spanish conquistadores, where the rich officers wore threequarter (and maybe even full) armor. You still had soldiers who looked like knights from the middleages. The chest piece of the knight armour goes further into cuirassiers for example in the napoleonic army.

if you want info, go to:

It has a lot of info.


PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:16 pm
by Adam

theres a picture of a tower and a battering ram.. its the best I could find. sorry :/


PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:19 pm
by Odysseus
Yes, knights were still knights. And as for armour, it depends on the date(s) you are trying to portray. There is a ton of information on period weapons, armor, and warfare at Check out the Features section for spotlights on Renaissance armies from 1480-1650. These articles have photos and illustrations that I think you will find quite helpful. I cannot recommend this site enough. MyArmoury also has a lot of photos located in the Albums section that you might find handy. MyArmoury is the best resource of its kind on the internet, IMO. Another site that might be helpful is --a site on armor!

Some images from the myArmoury article on the English armies from Henry VIII to Elizabeth:

Greenwich Armour for Henry VIII c.1540:

Italian armour of 1550, typical of that worn by Enlglish demi-lances:

Google image searches are helpful for pics of various siege engines including siege towers and battering rams.

Good luck and happy reading!


Added: There are also some top-notch reenactors out there who portray Renaissance armies of various centuries. Lord Grey's Retinue portray a 15th century household, and The Guild of Saint Michael portray and Elizabethan Trayned Bande.

Added again: Sorry, here is one more link to a nice gallery at the Arador Armour Library.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:43 am
by Mid Knight
Thanks guys! Adam, those 2 pictures are AWESOME, I love them! Tanotrooper, at first the site didn't look that good but when I looked at it more it looks like it will be very helpful, not neccessarily for renaissance but medieval outfits, etc. Thanks! Odysseus, thanks for the links! MyArmory has some nice armor pics (if a bit small... oh well) ! :)

BTW I love this pic I found (thanks to Odysseus :) )

Thanks guys!


PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:04 am
by Emperor James
by the rennaisance knights were pretty much obsolete as soldiers. there still were some (though)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:16 pm
by Odysseus
Oh yeah, you need to register with the site to be able to view the large versions of the pics. Well, it's free to register! Like Classic-Castle and its forum community, has a respectful atmosphere and is well moderated.

Arador Armour Library has some good photos of Renaissance armor--have you taken a look at that gallery yet?


German Gothic Harness

PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:24 am
by Mid Knight
Oh wow this is going to be great! I clicked on Renaissance but it just showed a few small pictures, but I will go make an account now! Thanks a lot!

PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:35 am
by Odysseus
From Lance to Pistol is an excellent article (with illustrations) that might be of interest to you, especially as it relates to the rise of gunpowder in mounted combat.