15th Century Illustrations of Costume from
Prints by the Master WA (or Master W with a key) showing Burgundian soldiers
Burgundian mounted crossbowmen and gendarmes, from a series of illustrations, attributed by the printer's mark, which resembles a W and an A (or key), to 'Master WA' (or Master W with the Key) active 1465–1490.
The book was produced in Flanders and it is believed to date from the early 1470s.
A row of Burgundian archers and footsoldiers, by Master WA of Bruges (active c.1465-85).
Note stakes in front of the archers-although none of the archers seem to carry the mallet required in Charles the Bold's ordinance.
Nearly all these soldiers wear brigandines and visored sallets, two of which may have the company pennant attached (back row, centre and far right). (Private collection)
Source: p32, MAA - 144 - N. Michael, G.A. Embleton - Armies of Medieval Burgundy 1364-1477
See also A Burgundian Mounted Archer in Armies of the Middle Ages, volume 1 by Ian Heath, based on this woodcut of Burgundian archers and footsoldiers, by Master WA of Bruges
The Burgundian Army of Charles the Bold by George Gush
A Burgundian Pavise, 1476/77, Zürich Zeughaus, KZ-386
Other 15th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers