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Baronne Aubrey de Octeville of Duche de Normannus by Gambargin Baronne Aubrey de Octeville of Duche de Normannus by Gambargin
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 set his invasion of England from.

This will one of the few of the drawings i will be posting before i leave DA for sometime, so pleas enjoy this with the music below :) (Smile)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q6skx… - Globius Preliator



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.


The Woman depicted here in the drawing is Baroness Aubrey of Octeville, 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.


In the series, the Norman will of course face the Anglo Saxons Aelfwynn Eadgarsdohtor of Saxanana Reis by Gambargin 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) Gunnhildr Freysdottir af Rogalan of Vikingrunionen by Gambargin also came to the British Isles. Then, you need to consider the Celts Deirdriu Nic Domnhail of Kingdom of Alba by Gambargin who weren't that keen on having their land being invaded by another foreign forces...

My future aim in the series would be a 4 way conflict of Brittania, between the Resilient Anglo-Saxons, the Bold Normans, the Brave Celts, and the Fearsome Vikings. Whom would you vote if there was one to conquer the British isles?


Credit goes to :iconironsides11:, :iconakitku:, :iconbrowncoatmando: and :iconschweinebeine: for the inspirations :)
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A Part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited - You can find more on the various faction on the map here:

HWS Medieval Revisited - Faction Map v.1.1 (Updt.) by Gambargin
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Schweinebeine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
don't be too hard on yourself! the character looks pretty authentic! :D it looks great. actually, you've inspired me to draw more normans in my daily college sketches :P
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Hahaha thanks man! I just begun reading the Norman history myself, gives me the urge to draw :)
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akitku Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks really good! The picture is really dynamic. This is probably one of my favourite (aesthetically) type of armour. And I like the snarl! ;)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thanks akitku, maybe it's different than the actual normans you may have in mind, but i'm glad that you like it. :)
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SteveD4ve Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
love it! love everything about the concepts and the pictures. You're a legend.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thank you steve, i'm glad you like it!
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susandevy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesomeness !
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
:D:D:D:D
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lamnay Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Nice, the sword does look a little too pointed though.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Ah yes, the sword, but thanks for the compliment nevertheless :)
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