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Comtesse lodie de Clotaire of Royaume de Franconie by Gambargin Comtesse lodie de Clotaire of Royaume de Franconie by Gambargin
A Concept Drawing of Frankish or French Woman Warrior in the Historically Wrong sketch Series: Medieval Revisited, which is roughly based on the Middle ages covering 800 AD to 1400 AD. Royaume de Franconie, or the Kingdom of Frankonia, represents the Kingdom of France in the middle ages, from the time of West Francia to Post-100 Years War.

Usually, when it comes to drawing a woman warrior, the most famous of them all woulf be Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc in french). She could be dressed in the most elaborate attires to the most historically accurate, fitting her status as a prominent figure in the history of 100 years war. Inspired by the voice of God as she claimed, this humble peasant girl lead the french army to victories over the English, but met a very tragic end....nevertheless, she became an inspiration to many. But alas, Joan of Arc was a peasant girl. Even if history did record her taking part in the battle, it was more likely that she was there as a leading figure of inspiration, rather than taking part in the fighting itself, but that's just my opinion.

So, perhaps, make way for a different french woman warrior, clad in the good-old honest chain mail and equipped with instruments of death. Talking about God to inspire men to fight is an admirable action, but back then in times of war, She is more keen on making her enemy meet their God first, than her meeting Him herself =P

Well, there's the famous Joan of Arc, but what bout the History of France and their middle ages?

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Who doesn't know France? From the famous Eiffel-Tower, their cheeses  I love them), their 'romantic' language, and the fashion culture, it's just simply hard to deny the existence of such well-known country. Not only that, France had been a major player in European theater since the early days, with history rich in ambitious conquest and expansion that few nations in Europe could compare.

Much of its early history was pretty obscure in my opinion, although the land itself had been discovered and settled by both the Greek and Phoenicians, as well as various Celtic Tribes whom history referred to as Gauls. The land was rich and its inhabitants, the Gauls, were highly cultured and sophisticated people. But their lack of central authority and disunity amongst the various tribes made them easy prey for the Romans who were starving for more wealth and territories. Gauls were conquered and euled by the Romans, whereby over time, various barbarian tribes (as viewed by the Romans) like the Celts from Britain (Breton?), and various other Germanic tribes like Goths, Vandals, Franks, Burgundians came to settled in as well.

After the fall of Roman empire, these tribes were feuding for power, out of which, the Franks successfully uniting the land into Frankish Kingdom. They converted into Catholicism and their authority was recognized by the Pope soon after. It was not until the Muslim came to Hispania in 8th century, that the Franks made contact with them and defeated them at the battle of tours. The men behind the success was Charles Matel, whose skills and brilliance led to the founding of the Carolingian Empire that united the Frankish Land, and also establishing feudal system in the realm.

However, the Middle ages was pretty different for France. After the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire to various kingdoms, French were ruled by semi-independent powerful princes, dukes, counts and barons. They did swear loyalty to the King of France, but the status were more symbolic than authoritative. The bickering rivalries provided plenty opportunities for war and for nobles, dressed as knights, to test their mettle and ride to glory. Also, succession crisis were pretty common during this period, which, eventually lead to a century long war with the English and other nations (like, Italian war for example). Without going further into details, France in the middle ages was a land full of war and fighting, from the most convincing political/religious justification to just simple "pillage, rape and burn" (in that order most of the time)...just like any other place in Europe at that time :(

But as the time pass, the King began to have more authority than what it was before and France began to settle down slowly. Throughout the renaissance till the early modern era, France underwent many changes in their societies, politics and wealth, remaining as one of Europe's major powers throughout the centuries. But, it all changed when the French Revolution happened in the late 18th century....Europe was shocked and fear that radical changes of such great nation could shake the balance of Europe.

They were right to fear the event......because from the ashes of the revolution, rose one man that would later on tamed and conquered much of Europe. A man we know today, as Napoleon Bonaparte.

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As for the character itself, she is countess lodie de Clotaire of Narbonne, a personification of a proud feudal french knight, drawn in a highly stylized chain-mail armor and tabbard, with face helm and some other things to fill the space. Now, from what i have read, the cost of her attires and gears back then, was quite modest, which is roughly equivalent to the price of a decent 3 bedroom house today, and that's not including the Horse. She's probably very different to the image of Joan of Arch, but it's up to you to judge the image of either of the two women warriors.

On simple note, she could either be depicted as French Knight, or a Frankish Crusader, depending on the tabards worn :D


Pardon any errors, but if you do find any, please do correct me as it will be much appreciated :)
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Developed from the concept:

lodie de Clotaires of Ordo Sanctae Militae de Fran by Gambargin

May be related to the following:

Baronne Aubrey de Octeville of Duche de Normannus by GambarginAhu Durquba of Sultanat Misr Al-Sarraviyah by GambarginBasilissa Sotirisa Angelina of Basileia Rhiomaion by Gambargin


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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Shinzhon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Woah, I just discovered your art, and sir it's just so awesome I can't say something concise. 
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joolita Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I really like this one. It has a fantastic atmosphere - the after-battle dirt and the carrion birds in the distance add to the realism of this piece. Great job!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Thanks Joolita! It's nice to try and depict different image than the usual clean and mean warrior lady =P
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Hepatizon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
If you want a French woman warrior, have you considered Jeanne de Clisson in 1300 for an inspiration? After King Philip VI executed her husband (not without a reason, mind you) she sold her lands and  and bought these three warships. The Black Fleet took to the seas and hunted down ships belonging to King Philip. Clisson killed the crew of the ships she captured, leaving only a few men alive to tell the King that the Lioness of Brittany AKA Awesome McNickname had struck again. And she actually lived to die of old age.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't help but comment on the guy in the helm peering around the guy on the right, as if to say, "ooh, we're taking a picture!" (Also, I know a dude who'd probably be like that guy on the right. He does spear and he's got this crazy grin, I can imagine him grinning like that even though his eye's out xD)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Great work! I am so glad you decided to do a French inspired character. Being interested in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Kingdom of Cyprus and Hospitaller Rhodes - France seem to me the most important medieval kingdom of the middle ages - when I imagine a 'standard' medieval kingdom I think of France with other realms being just variations of its model (except for Byzantium of course and perhaps some Italian city-republics), this is a simplification obviously but still, you did a great work and I especially like her face. Really well drawn. 

About Joan of Arc, I am not an expert and this is not my area of specialization but I remember reading that she was wounded during the campaigns she commanded so I think she must have participated in actual fighting. Also, even though she is described as peasant, she came from a relatively wealthy family (wealthy for the standards of non-nobles) and she could write and read which means she got some education. She was certainly aware of the political situation in the kingdom and made conscious political decisions. I think she was a real, autonomous leader not just a figurehead used for inspiring crowds. I may be wrong but I think her importance is diminished as people find it hard to believe that a woman could take such a role but then again I should read more about her - great work anyway! 
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Schweinebeine Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
the face is very realistic and the background is very elaborate, but what i really felt strange with is the surcoat she is wearing, ive never seen anything like it, what i would've done is either portrait her with this one www.knight-test.aspery.com.au/… or with a long sleeved one www.pillagedvillage.com/images…
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Thank man! Her tabard is a pretty stylized one, much smaller than the normal surcoat worn by the knights of those ages (compare to the 2 guys next to her). It was just to emphasize the chainmail armor as well as the torn and bloody worn condition of the tabard after battle :)
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
I agree with you on Joan of Arc. She was a great inspiration to those around her, but I doubt she fought on the front lines. As for the character herself, will we see the Countess battling in your own version of the Crusades?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Crusades? I've been thinking about that, but given the lack of religion n the series, it's a bit challenging to justify a holy war.

Unless..if i can think of something of an ideological war of similar justification :?
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