A Concept Drawing of Norman Woman Warrior in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited
, which is roughly based on the Middle ages covering 800 AD to 1400 AD. Duche de Normannus is based on the historical stronghold of the Normans, the duchy of Normandy, whom the famed person William the Conqueror launched his invasion of England from.
Inspired by the following theme : Rokatanc
by Vox Vulgaris (Medieval Style Jousting Music)History of the Middle ages is never complete without the Normans! They may have been famous for invading England and defeated the Anglo-Saxons in the 11th century, but their reputation lies in their ambition. With the blood of their Viking ancestors running in their veins, these Normans were truly one of Europe's most fearsome war-machine, whose legacy could be found in many corners of Europe and much of Mediterranean world.
The Woman depicted here in the drawing is Baroness Aubrey of Manche, the daughter of One of Normandy's Count, dressed in stylized Norman chain mail, the kettle helmet with nose guard as well as (poorly drawn) Kite shield. Please excuse the sword as it may not be the most accurate Norman sword depicted. Nevertheless, It was rather rare to find Norman women who took part in battle, as compared to the Anglo Saxons or their Viking ancestors. But given the nature of their battle attires, it would probably cover the gender very well if the women did took part in the war led by Normans.
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Europe in the middle ages were the land of warriors and constant war. With war, came along great warriors, and Normans were one of the most well known in the history of Europe. The Normans, or "North Men" as they were referred to by the Franks, were originally Vikings that raided the northern part of West Francia. When the treaty made by the king Charles III gave the Viking their own piece of land to rule in the northern coast, they soon began intermingling with the Franks and the romanized Gauls, giving birth to people what we refer to today as Normans.
Perhaps one of their famous legacy would be the invasion of England led by William the Conqueror, as well as establishing their independent rule in the Southern part of Italian Peninsula. Perhaps, it can be said also that the Normans were famed warriors, brave adventurers as well as innovative soldiers. Much of the thir romanced architecture, culture, and music were famed and renowned throughout Europe. We have the Anglo-Normans who constructed numerous castles, keeps and abbeys in England with their distinct arch architectures, while the Normans in Italy adopted much of the mixed byzantine, muslim and their own architecture, creating unique blend of historical structures that survived even to this day.
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Maybe Related to: The Normans of South Italy
In the series, the Norman will of course face the Anglo Saxons
who have been carving their own kingdom in England. But of course, even if it is Historically wrong, it would be very nice to see a three way conflict when the Scandinavian (referred anachronistically in the series as Viking)
also came to the British Isles. Then, you need to consider the Celts
who weren't that keen on having their land being invaded by another foreign forces...
A Part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited - You can find more on the various faction on the map here: