How the French King made war on the King of Feuerisen in his realm and how the King of Feuereisen died in the battle

Der Weisskunig (The White King)

How the French King made war on the King of Feuerisen in his realm and how the King of Feuereisen died in the battle

1512–16

Hans Burgkmair

(German, 1473-1531)

Woodcut

Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 22.1 x 19.7 cm (8 11/16 x 7 3/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1960.30

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein V.116.454

Location

Did you know?

Throughout the 1200s, the French relied on heavy cavalry as the mainstay of mounted shock combat, a military development that shifted the focus from the axe-wielding infantry man to the heavily armored, lance-carrying knight.

Description

The Battle of Nancy on January 7, 1477, between the forces of the king of France (Louis XI) and the king of Feuereisen (Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy) involved early artillery, visible in the distant background. The heavily armored cavalry fight with lances and swords. Of particular interest is the unarmored infantry's use of the pike, a long, small-headed spear, as a lethal hedge against cavalry charges.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Woodcut
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Woodcut
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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