Insights from Historical Artwork

This somewhat fanciful (perhaps even questionable?) 15th century depiction of a late Crusader battle shows a fighter (with only his arms armored) raising a two-handed falchion (or a scimitar?) poised to strike a fallen opponent who’s leg has been sheared off above the knee apparently through his plate armor. The helpless fighter raises his unusual buckler in defense. Behind him another fallen fighter is about to be struck by a single-hand falchion. On the right side, an unarmed fighter who has fallen to his knees is poised to be struck by a falchion/scimitar armed opponent carrying a unique shield. Two of the falchions/scimitars appear to have damaged edges, perhaps from striking armor. Note the severed heads and the two swords --broken at the forte where parrying would be expected. Note the colors of the clothing, dark blues, green, and bright reds. From the Life and Miracles of St. Louis, 15th century.

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