Title: Clash in the wood - The Feditore's Single Combat
Work’s Subject: Medieval History of Italy
This illustration came out by my passion for the historical reconstruction and for the Italian medieval armors. In this work can be seen a knights fight into a torrent in a wood of Umbria. The two main figures are noble knights, each with his own coat of arms, but equipped differently. The knight on the left is a lonely Cavalleggero of Todi, light armed. He wears a fabric tunic covered by a chain mail and a leather brigandine. For his own defense he has a leather-covered “triangular” wooden shield. On the head, he has a cap, a mailed-gorget and a steel skull cap; often used by the infantry and militia, but adopted by the Italian medieval cavalry too. For the fight, he has and iron club with the handle covered by leather, a sword and a dagger. The heavy knight on the right, instead, is a noble of Perugia on a caparisoned horse. He’s surely richer than his rival. This, regarding his equipment, has just a steel sword and a dagger, but he’s more protected in his armor. The upper side is the same of his opponent’s, but he has in addition: a cuisse, poleyns, and steel schynbalds, for the lower side. In addition, he has an almond shield, that protects better the body against the enemy strikes, but inevitably, it slows down the movements. The helm is the kind of “Iron-Ring” but has and additional visor covering the nose. However, his opponent, light armored, is nimbler in a melee fight. The horse of the knight of Perugia wears a light steel internally laminated armor covered by colored leather trimmed with gold. The same thing for the chanfron, while the crinet is light leather-covered. The historical period is the first mid-fourteenth century.
("All the weapons, armors and banners are faithfully inspired to from fresco paintings, altarpieces and bas-relieves from Umbria. Among other artists we can refer to Pietro Lorenzetti and other local painters of lesser importance such as: the so-called “Maestro di Fossa” or “The First Master of blessed Clare of Montefalco”).
© Giosuč Tacconi illustrator