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ARMS & Armor Middle Ages Rifle Pistols - COLOR Litho Print by A. Racinet

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!!! NOTE !!! if the image(s) in the description shows a broken image icon(s), right click on the icon(s) and open in new tab to see the larger image(s). Military Costume of 16-17th Century - France Arms and Equipment Another Quality Print from Martin2001 Type of print: Lithograph - Original vintage antique print Year of printing: 1878 Artist - Engraver - Publisher: Albert Racinet - n/a - Imp. Firmin Didot Condition: Excellent - Very good - Good - Fair Size of print in inches: 7 x 8 1/2 (18 x 21 cm) Type of paper: Thick - Heavier - Medium heavy - Thin Reverse side: Blank - With text or pictures Notes: Green color around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed. Legend: The first firearms were primitive devices lacking both buttstock and trigger; hence, they had to be held under the arm and could scarcely be aimed. It was only during the second half of the 15th century that the harquebus, which incorporated both of these features, made its appearance. This was a great improvement, but the harquebus still suffered from a low rate of fire as well as inaccuracy and unreliability. In order to compensate for these disadvantages and build staying power, 16th-century units such as the famous Spanish tercio were made up of pikemen surrounded by "sleeves" of harquebusiers on each corner. Much like the light armed troops of antiquity and the crossbowmen who accompanied the Swiss Haufen, harquebusiers would open the action and then retreat behind the pikemen as the latter came to close quarters with the enemy. Hence, 16th- and early 17th-century battles still tended to be decided by "push of pike," as the saying went. In the face of such formations, lance-carrying cavalry operating on its own was almost helpless. During the 16th century, an attempt was made to adapt cavalry to the new circumstances by arming it with short firearms such as pistols and carbines. These were difficult to load on horseback and had neither the range nor the accuracy to permit Mongol-style swarming tactics. Instead, the cavalrymen carrying them were trained to attack infantry formations by approaching them in serried ranks, firing at point-blank range, and withdrawing in turn--a maneuver resembling the orderly moves of a ballroom dance and known as the caracole. Insofar as they sacrificed the cavalry's greatest advantages--namely, its mobility and sheer mass--such methods were never very effective. A much better system was to rely on combined arms, bombarding infantry formations with artillery (another 14th-century invention that began to make its impact felt on the battlefield from about 1500) and then, once the infantry had been shattered, sending in the heavy cavalry to complete the job with cold steel. Such methods were typical of Gustav II Adolf and Oliver Cromwell about the middle of the 17th century Order of Figures: 2 3 4 1 5 9 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 Fig. 1. Colonel-general of infantry, end of 17th C, reign of Henri IV.; 2. Small French harquebus (small caliber long gun); 3. Sword carrying strap made of leather; 4. Metal hat with nose protector, 17th Century; 5. Hunting gun form the 17th Century, three separate barrels; 6. Court pistol with two barrels, attached to belt with a hook; 7. Pistol made completely of metal, engraved, traces of gold embellishment; 8. Powder flask; 9. Protestant harquebusier, end of Henri III reign; 10. Commanding officer of infantry, reign of Louis XIII; 11. Troops commander, end of Louis XIII reign, upper body protected with breast armor; 12. Gentleman in a military uniform of the order of Saint Michel, reign of Charles IX; 13. Powder casket, carried by a musketeer depicted on fig. 14, reign of Louis XIII. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy ! Any print purchased from us may be returned for any reason for a full refund including all postage. Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.

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This old engraving has substantiated and stimulated a recent interest of mine; this physical thing now hangs in front of my reading chair, and I have found the digital copy of the charming old book from which it was cut (VOYAGES AND TRAVELS OR SCENES IN MANY LANDS VOLUME
de Colange, Leo (Ed.)).
Published by E.W. Walker, Boston, MA (1887))
I recommend enjoying some of the 19th century paintings under "Trabzon in art" in commons.wikipedia., which is where I first discovered this one. In some of these it is the artists viewpoint of serious (not ) peacefulness that I especially enjoy, and now this is substantiated, in front of my reading chair.

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