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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 647: Arms, Armour, and the Arts of Combat, II: The Production, Function, and Significance of Armour

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 647-aA Foreign Guy with One Eye on the Field of Verneuil, 17 August 1424
(Language: English)
Ralph Moffat, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Military History, Technology
Paper 647-bAlong the Street of Smiths: Armourers and the Artistic Networks of Late Medieval Augsburg
(Language: English)
Chassica Kirchhoff, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Urban, Genealogy and Prosopography, Military History
Paper 647-cArmour Decoration as an Identifier of Origin
(Language: English)
Karen Watts, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / Musée du Louvre, Paris
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Military History

This session will explore several facets of late medieval armour's production, function, and significance. Ralph Moffat will investigate the origins of Milanese plate armour in the early 15th century and the role, armour, and mounts of Milanese men-at-arms at the 1424 battle of Verneuil. Chassica Kirchhoff will use objects, images, archival accounts, and prosopographical data to analyse the artistic and social networks of Augsburg armourers in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Karen Watts will assess the role of iconography and decoration in determining the place of Italian and German armour's manufacture in cases where makers' marks are absent.