German Lansquenet. 16th century military.

German Lansquenet. Mercenaries. Renaissance military. 16th century costumes

German Lansquenet 1530

German Lansquenet costumes in 1530. Renaissance military clothing.

As lansquenet is called the foot fighting, mostly German mercenaries of the late 15th and 16th century. They were due to its progressive and disciplined fighting style to be particularly powerful, but always had the reputation of looters and marauders. Lansquenets expressed their audacity by extravagant, provocative appearance. Their extremely colorful clothes consisted of puffed and slotted shirts and pants. On her feet their wore Named for its shape cowmuzzle shoes. Since there were no uniforms, the servants differ in the fight at a strip certain color, which was worn across the chest. Typical were also the Jerkin tied in front of chest and brightly colored stockings. The origin of the split mode is unclear. So it is assumed that the tight clothing of the late 15th century in the battle severely hindered. The Lansquenets they therefore slots on to pieces of cloth tied around the sleeves and let swell the thick sub substances out. Popular was also the in two colors split clothes, it was named Mi-Parti from the French halfway-divided. The striking puffed and slotted clothes of the mercenaries, which should achieve an impressive effect, contradicted the strict corporative oriented dress code and was considered in bourgeoisie and nobility as arrogance. However, Maximilian I. endorsed them the right to dress as they see fit.
The codpiece most Lansquenets suggested a particularly large sex organ, which filled particular clerics with horror. The clothing of the mercenaries influenced beyond the civilian fashion Europe at that time.

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