German lansquenets. Thirty Years’ War clothing.

German lansquenets. Thirty Years' War clothing. Military uniforms. Renaissance era costumes.

German lansquenets clothing during 30 Years War.

German lansquenets. Thirty Years’ War, (1618–48).

First quarter of the XVI. Century.

Top row left: Lansquenets. Right: drummers and flag bearers.
Bottom row left: Piper, Waibel. Right: Captain and Lieutenant.

As a mercenary or lansquenet is defined as the fighting on foot, mostly German mercenaries of the late 15th and 16th centuries, its primary weapon after the Swiss model of mercenaries was the Pike. They were considered especially powerful because of their progressive and disciplined fighting style. However, they also had the reputation of looters and marauders that could devastate whole regions, which could happen in the absence of wages payment or “unemployment”. The essence of the mercenaries developed mainly during the reign of Emperor Maximilian I. In today’s parlance lansquenet is sometimes used as a synonym for mercenary. Lansquenets expressed their audacity by extravagant, provocative appearance. Their extremely colorful clothing consisted of puffed and slotted shirts and trousers to which they touched down a arming cap or diagonally over a wide brim with feathers and wool decorated bushes colorful beret. At the feet they wore, named after its shape cow muzzle shoes. Since there were no uniforms, the lansquenets differed in combat at a certain color ribbon, which was worn across the chest.

Gallery: On the history of costumes.

Related to:
Louis XIII fashion era. French Ancien Régime. Renaissance, Baroque fashion history, Tudor fashion era.




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