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Postby admin » 18 Apr 2012 22:03

Brunor the Black vs. a Lion.... circa 1410 -
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 18 Apr 2012 22:12

Sir Galahad beating Satan at jousting. I can't help but think Satan should have taken a lance with him.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 18 Apr 2012 22:19

Lancelot REALLY liked the sword.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby David Kite » 19 Apr 2012 14:29

It's been a long time since I've read the story, but the third image is an illustration of Chretien de Troyes' tale of Lancelot ("Lancelot, or the Knight of the Cart"). I don't remember much of the story off hand, but it's widely available on the internet. One of the trials he had to overcome was a sword bridge. At least he was wearing protection. :D

The other two, I have no idea about.

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Postby Ulrich von L...n » 19 Apr 2012 15:28

admin wrote:Sir Galahad beating Satan at jousting

:idea:
If you compare the size of Satan's chalice with Galahad's one, you might understand why Satan forgot to take a lance... :wink:
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Ty N. » 19 Apr 2012 19:03

admin wrote:Brunor the Black vs. a Lion.... circa 1410 -


So, someone pays a large sum of money to ship a lion to Europe, and Brunor chops it with a sword.

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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Ty N. » 19 Apr 2012 19:15

admin wrote:Lancelot REALLY liked the sword.


When confronted with a puddle of water, you should:

a) Get your feet wet and cross it already.

b) Throw your cape over the puddle and let someone else to cross first.

c) Stretch a ridiculously large sword across the puddle and crawl on it until you bleed to death.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Ariella Elema » 19 Apr 2012 21:47

Ty N. wrote:
So, someone pays a large sum of money to ship a lion to Europe, and Brunor chops it with a sword.


According to the legend, the lion escaped from the Camelot menagerie and was menacing Queen Guinevere. The story comes from the Morte d'Arthur.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Ty N. » 19 Apr 2012 22:12

Ariella Elema wrote:According to the legend, the lion escaped from the Camelot menagerie and was menacing Queen Guinevere. The story comes from the Morte d'Arthur.


Arthur: Dear... why is there a lion in our bed... and why are you naked?

Guinevere: I like to sleep nude during the summer. It gets uncomfortably warm, you know.

Arthur: Hm... what about the lion?

Guinevere: Oh, him... he was menacing me, for hours and hours. Thank god he finally fell asleep.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Chiron » 22 Apr 2012 08:17

admin wrote:Lancelot REALLY liked the sword.


That's the abduction of Guinevere, where (depending on the version) Guinevere abducted by Meleagant, and Lancelot must cross the bridge of swords to rescue her. It appears in several forms one being "Le Chevalier de la charette", but I remember reading somewhere that it has much older roots.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Lyceum » 23 Apr 2012 20:41

Chiron wrote:
admin wrote:Lancelot REALLY liked the sword.


That's the abduction of Guinevere, where (depending on the version) Guinevere abducted by Meleagant, and Lancelot must cross the bridge of swords to rescue her. It appears in several forms one being "Le Chevalier de la charette", but I remember reading somewhere that it has much older roots.


Well Melwas as abductor certainly has very old roots, aye.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 19 May 2012 10:09

I can only guess at the relevance of the beautifully drawn wrestlers to the architectural plans. Intriguing -
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 19 May 2012 10:12

From the same French source:
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Thearos » 19 May 2012 11:04

Man that guy could draw
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Postby admin » 19 May 2012 17:00

The expulsion from paradise... not quite as I imagined it!
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 19 May 2012 17:14

Not particularly curious, but two things that HEMA people like to see - a two-handed falchion and halfswording someone to death:
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 19 May 2012 18:05

This shows a scene from the story of Tristan, who defeats King Nabon in a combat on foot, knowing that Nabon was undefeated (due to dishonourable tactics) in jousting:
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Payson » 19 May 2012 19:11

admin wrote:I can only guess at the relevance of the beautifully drawn wrestlers to the architectural plans. Intriguing -


I can weigh in on this one. Villard de Honnecourt's book is an interesting mix of pattern book, model book and masonry lodge book. A lot of the manuscript is to do with masonry 'secrets' or techniques and shortcuts to doing the design work required to produce the templates (or in some cases even without them) which are the reference when dressing the stones for architectural features. I hope the 'fantasy' masons aren't offended by me telling you this and don't come for me in the night with silver sickles or something :lol: .But as it's my job I guess it's alright. The images posted here are reference for the 'entaylers' or carvers in their work doing the figurative and ornamental work. The second image is looking at proportions of the human body and trying to break it down into skeletal stick figures. This is kind of like a study to try to understand the way a body at work or in combat moves.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Payson » 19 May 2012 19:24

The first image of the wrestlers is more about the anatomy in motion and the drapery
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Wolfgang Ritter » 22 May 2012 22:37

admin wrote:From the same French source:
Oh dear, first thing I noticed was the swastika structure, can someone please help me....
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