Tudor Knight (Warrior)
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Osprey's study of the knight during the Tudor period (1485-1603). The Tudor knight was the first line of defence employed by monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, the last of a long tradition of knighthood dating back to the 11th century. Knighthood during the Tudor era saw reforms in recruitment, appearance, and most radically in training and equipment. This book details those changes, profiling the knight's appearance and dress, life on campaign, and experience of battle in France, Scotland and Ireland. It also explores the concept of chivalry, as sensationally enacted by Henry VIII and Francis I of France at the celebrated Field of Cloth of Gold near Calais, in 1520.
Protestantism and saw off the threat from Mary, Queen of Scots, granddaughter of Henry's sister, Margaret, having her beheaded in 1587. Elizabeth faced the Spanish Armada in 1588, which was chased up the Channel before dashing itself to pieces in the stormy waters around the northern and western coasts of Britain. She toyed with important suitors but never married and so left no heir when she died in 1603. Now the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, James VI of Scotland, took the throne as James I of
VIII produced the following version of the laws: None shall wear ... cloth of gold or silver, or silk of purple colour ... except ... Earls, all above that rank, and Knights of the King 28 RIGHT A Greenwich garniture for Henry Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, made 1550-57. The cuirass has an anime breastplate and he wears a close helmet of burgonet form. This is the most complete Greenwich garniture to survive. Originally the steel was bright, being decorated with etching and gilding. (Glasgow City
edges. (All rights reserved, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20.151.6) into the war in Europe. Tougher demands were balanced by more concern for ordinary soldiers. Musters gave captains opportunities for selling releases. Lords lieutenant organised musters but where there were none commissioners were deferred to, selected from justices of the peace and other prominent gentlemen and commissioned by the Queen with a detailed set of instructions. Unfortunately captains used their time to enrich
comfort. Saddle steels reinforce the pommel and cantle. (The Board of Trustees of the Armouries, VI. 14-16) Fewer knights and castles In Elizabeth's reign the bestowing of knighthoods was deliberately curtailed. Leicester ignored this and made 14 new knights in a single day. Elizabeth then set out that only those with good social standing and finances, or who had proven themselves by some outstanding act of bravery, should warrant being knighted. The Privy Council came to expect all candidates'
punches. In etching a mild acid such as vinegar ate away part of the surface to p r o d u c e the required decoration, after coating the surface to be decorated with a protective 'resist' (wax or paint) a n d cutting the design t h r o u g h the resist with a needle to expose the metal. T h e second method, used from about 1510 in Germany a n d a decade later in Italy, involved coating areas to be left u n t o u c h e d with a resist applied by brush, a n d only using a needle for fine detail. A