Images of Medieval Armor
These portraits are from a collection I picked up on a recent sojourn to southern France, near the
walled fortress at Mondragon along the Rhone River. The credit for these wonderful illustrations
goes to a brilliant artist named August Racinet, whom I was sadly unable to meet, despite my
I've impressed upon my curator to include August's descriptions, and although I
speak some French and believe I understand well his notes, I've decided not
to translate them, lest I get something horribly wrong.
While many of the illustrations are accurate, I fear that Racinet was a
bit of a dreamer, as many of his more fanciful creations cannot be made
by even the finest of the king's armorers.
[Note from Bartholomew's
The images are from a set of very interesting playing cards that Bartholomew and I actually
did find at Mondragon, near the city of Orange, in southern France.
depict armor and costumes from the time of Chalemagne to Louis XIII, and
were originally published in a collection from A. RACINET in 1888.
Bartholomew doesn't recognize that some of the images postdate him by a few centuries; he
simply considers Racinet a "fanciful dreamer."
For more information about the card set, be sure to check the "info"
cards included in the thumbnail section. To view a card in greater detail, simply
click on it. BTW, these images work really well with After Dark's Art Critic screen saver, once you ditch
the little critic.]
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