ARMOUR FROM THE BATTLE OF VISBY PDF

Bengt Thordeman led the various excavations of the Wisby battlefield site from , earning international renown for the scope and quality of his work. Armour from the Battle of Wisby, Bengt Thordeman. On a hot July day in , 1, poorly armed men stood their ground to defend their city of Wisby against the pressure of King Waldemar. Unfortunately, the defenders were slaughtered.

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Bengt Thordeman led the various excavations of the Wisby battlefield site from , earning international renown for the scope and quality of his work. Armour from the Battle of Wisby, Bengt Thordeman. On a hot July day in , 1, poorly armed men stood their ground to defend their city of Wisby against the pressure of King Waldemar. Unfortunately, the defenders were slaughtered. It was three days before the besieged city capitulated and the defenders were finally able to come out to bury the dead.

Putrifying in the hot sun, pits were dug in the peat bogs and the bodies hurriedly cast in and buried. In the s, Bengt Thordeman and a team of archeologists excavated at the site of the burial and produced a work that has stood the test of time. Reproduced for the first time since with a new introduction by Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction author Brian R. Price, this elegantly printed single volume version of the original 2 volumes is a must for any library on medieval knighthood, arms and armour, archeology or warfare.

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The Battle of Visby was fought in near the town of Visby on the island of Gotland , between the forces of the Danish king and the Gutnish country yeomen. The Danish force was victorious. The Gutes of Gotland paid taxes to and was a semi-independent part of Sweden under king Magnus IV of Sweden , though the population of Visby was diverse and included people of Ruthenian descent, Danes, and Germans. Antagonism between the city dwellers and the Gutnish country yeomen heightened; the latter were defeated in battle in , despite the aid of knights from Estonia.

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Your clothing and equipment must correspond with material culture in the area around the Baltic sea during the midth century. We happily approve of well-worn equipment — the Danes have supposedly been in the field for two years, and the Gotlanders would probably not have had access to particularly new equipment. If you are reenacting a period post, you will need to adjust your armor so it will correspond to the conditions in The fighting rules have been adapted to allow fighters to wear light armor — as was probably the case for the common Gotlander. Clothing The colors of your clothes should be possible to produce using plant dyes. Modern body adornments, haircuts and unorthodox hair colors must be covered.

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