Amazing medieval coat of arm of Good Queen Anne, queen of England, wife of Richard II. English lions, French fleur de lis, German eagle, Czech lion.
This coat of arms contains heraldic symbols of four realms.
Medieval Coat of Arms of Good Queen Anne (Queen of England)
Heraldic symbols from the left:
French fleur de lis – English kings ruled in France during 100 years war.
English lions – Anne was wife of Richard II.
German Eagle – her father was Charles IV., emperor of Holy Roman Empire (probably the most powerful guy of Europe of those days).
Czech lion – Anne was born in Prague as Czech princess (Charles was her father, he was Czech king and later Roman emperor, mother was Anna of Pomerania, princess of Poland).
This is really a pretty nice mixture, it seems the only Polish eagle is missing on this coat of arms:)
Good Queen Anne
11 May 1366 Prague, Czech – 7 June 1394 Sheen, England
Anne was not accepted well in England but she was beloved by people of England later. She never got a children but she strongly supported pregnant women and she also pardoned several people. She is known as a very kind and good person of dark medieval ages.
Famous castles-Pictures of medieval castles of Knight Orders. Templar castles, Teutonic castles, castles of Hospitallers, Knights of St. James, Calatrava order and Crusaders with Red Star.
Known by many, the warriors of Knights of Templar were controversial and very powerful. Though their oath swore them to live in poverty, many gifts and donations were bestowed upon the order and were not refused. The resources were used to build on land given to them by various people. They became extremely wealthy and so powerful that they came to demise after being accused of heresy.
Acre-Akko tower-Templar HQ, Israel
Convent of Christ, Tomar, Portugal
Chastel Blank (White Castle), Syria
Chateau d’Arricau Bordes, France
Teutonic knights were as much powerful as the Templars were. Teutonic castles are located mostly in north-eastern and in central Europe.
Malbork Castle (Marienburg)-Teutonic HQ, Poland
Konigsberg castle-Kaliningrad, Founded by Premysl Ottokar II, Czech King
Bouzov Castle, Czech Republic
Castles of Knights Hospitallers
Castles of Knights Hospitallers (Knights of Saint John, Knights of Malta). Castles can be found in Mediterranean sea.
Castles of Calatrava Order are located in Spain.
Castillo de Calatrava la Nueva, Spain
Alcaniz Castle, Spain
Castles of Knight of St. James Order
Ucles Monastery, Spain, Order HQ
Knights of the Cross with the Red Star
Knights of the Cross with the Red Star HQ, Prague
Austerlitz 2010-Battle of Three Emperors. Battle of Austerlitz facts and 2010 event pictures.
Battle of Austerlitz facts:
The Battle of Austerlitz (Battle of the Three Emperors), was Napoleon’s great victory, where the French Empire effectively destroyed the Third Coalition.
Three Emperors: Napoleon x Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor + Alexander I, Russian Emperor
Battle of Austerlitz location: Slavkov, Moravia, Czech republic
Date of original battle: December 2, 1805
French side: 70 000 men x 90 000 men
French loses: 1 300 men
Austrian and Russian loses: 15 000 men
Battle of Austerlitz 2010
1200 reenactors from around Europe
Napoleon (Frank Samson)
Russian leader (Oleg Sokolov, Musée de l’Armée)
General Liechtenstein (Wolfgang Horak)
David Banks-chief of European Napoleonic Association
Austerlitz 2010 pictures, Moravia, Czech republic, Europe
Napoleon and French cavalry
Austrian cavalry charge
Cavalry skirmish, sabres
Pictures from upcoming fantasy series: Game of Thrones based on based on George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister
Sean Bean as Lord Eddard Stark
Knights in Game of Thrones
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark
Pics are property of HBO.
History of European cavalry. Pictures of European cavalry. Greek cavalry, Roman cavalry, Celtic cavalry, medieval knights, 100 Years war cavalry, renaissance cavalry, 30 Years War cavalry, Napoleonic wars cavalry, ww1 and ww2 cavalry.
EUROPEAN CAVALRY PICTURES
Ancient Greek cavalry has not a big importance except conquests of Alexander the Great.
Infantry was the decisive force of Roman army. Importance of Roman cavalry (equites Romani) grew with barbarian raids in later times.
Cataphract was the precursor to the medieval knight. Used by Byzantian empire against eastern armies.
Ayrudzi-Armenian heavy cavalry protected Armenia and these elite troops served in Byzantian and Persian armies after Armenia lost its independance in 428AD.
Norman cavalry – discipline, chain mail, spears and swords on horseback of norman soldiers ment a terrible defeat for Anglo-Saxon infantry in battle of Hastings 1066. Normans were prototypes of medieval knights.
Cuman cavalry was used mostly in Hungarian army, for example in Battle of Marchfeld 1278. Cumans (Kipchaks, Comani, Polovtsi) were originally nomadic people from Asia.
Elite French knights were terribly defeated in Battle of Crecy 1346 and Agincourt 1415 by English well organized but smaller army. English longbowmen were the decisive element.
Renaissance Cavalry in 16th century
Mounted Spanish soldiers in plate mail, armed by pikes, rapiers and firearms caused a terrible defeates to Indian cultures in Latin America.
Cossacks were military people lived in Russia. They served to Russian empire against Swedes and Turks. Cossacks are also responsible for Russian expansion to Siberia. They fought for Russia in Napoleonic wars, 1ww. Cossacks were mostly of side of White corps during Russian civil war against bolsheviks. Numerous troops of Cossacks were part of Red army during ww2 however a few troops fought on German side in hope to beat communism. Cossacs are still part of Russian armed forces by Decree of president Putin 2005.
Cavalry in 17th century
Swedish cavalry of 17th century during 30 Years war. Gustav II Adolf and his troops.
Polish Hussars were an elite Polish cavalry. Armed by famous Polish sabre – karabela, lance and firearms they defeated Turks, Russians and Swedes in numerous battles. Polish Hussaria lasted from 16th till 18th century. Victory in Battle of Viena saved Europe from Turkish invasion. Polish Winged Hussars were one of the most impressive cavalry units ever.
Cavalry in 18th century
Cavalry in 19th century-Napoleonic wars
The Austrian cavalry consisted
Cuirassiers – Czechs and Moravians, Austrians
Dragoons – Austrians and Moravians (Czechs)
Chevaulegers – Austrians, Czechs, Italians
Hussars – Hungarians
Uhlans – Poles, Ukraininas
French ww1 cavalry man with gas mask.
WW2 was end of massive cavalry use. Cavalry was massively used in Poland and Russia however horses served in all armies during ww2 conflict.
This still does not means end of horses in armies. Numerous special ops still use horses even these days in a very hard accessible terrain like in Peru or Afghanistan.
Sabre – a typical cavalry weapon in post medieval times
Sabre was adopted in medieval times from Asia (Turks and Mongols).
Armor Parts of Medieval Knight: helmet, gloves, pauldron, greave, vambrace and more.
Armor suits lasted until the 15th century and then they started to make full body suites out of plate armor. Helmets varied some covered the face and some did not. Some had decorations on them such as eagles beaks. Horses had to wear armor too. They wore it around their neck and head. Knights had to wear padded doublet and tied with satin and strips around their knees to keep it from rubbing. It took a squire an hour to put on a suit of armor.
Full Armor Suit