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Feuerwerkbuch, Germany, first quarter of the 15th century
Royal Armouries, England





Date: first quarter of the 15th century
Reference: FEUR 1
Scope and Content: South German. Illustrations include:
Plate 84r. : An attack on a castle: the besiegers are using scaling ladders and are armed with a crossbow being spanned by a cranequin, with handguns and with swords and staff weapons: the defenders are replying with barrels containing incendiary material. Armour includes kettle-hats and scull caps with circular ear protection, complete plate armour, breastplate and padded jack. The crossbowmen are unarmoured.
Plate 85r. : An attack on a fortress. In addition to the weapons shown on 84r., the besiegers and using a cannon on a two-wheeled adjustable carriage and the defenders have lowered an external portcullis over the main gate.
Plate 86r. : An attack directed by the Master Gunner, using a cannon on a four-wheeled carriage and fire-arrows propelled by crossbows. One crossbowman has a belt-hook. The defenders are removing the flaming arrows from the roof with hooked staves and are defending their walls with crossbows and small cannon or wall guns.
Plate 90r. : An attack on a fortress, using a rope scaling ladder and protective basket-work shields. In the foreground a man loading a handgun.

Extent: Manuscript
Physical Characteristics: 11.9 inches x 8.5 inches (300mm x 220mm).
Source: Royal Armouries, England

See also 'Mittelalterliches Hausbuch von Schloss Wolfegg' Medieval House Book of Wolfegg Castle, Germany, 1475-1500AD
Hussite Wagon Fortress, (Pseudo-)Johannes Hartlieb: 'Kriegsbuch', 1437. Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek Cod. 3062 Han
Other 15th Century Illustrations Costume & Soldiers