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Comtesse lodie de Meux of Royaume de Franconie by Gambargin Comtesse lodie de Meux 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 100 Years War.

Inspired by the Theme - Crusader Kings 2 Main Menu Theme by Andreas Waldetoft

Disclaimer: I am by no means expert in History, just a humble man with passion for learning history. Also, English is not my first language so if you do find any errors or would like to make a correction/feedback, please feel free let me know :) (Smile)

INTRODUCTION

France was no doubt the cream of the middle ages; from its knights and damsels, to their kings, nobles, dukes, barons and their minstrel, it is in this region the the classical feudalism was born, whose oaths of allegiance to the King, often intertwined with power hungry individuals, ambitions, and eventually, war that painted much of the history of the middle ages. This drawing, is dedicated to the Franks and the french people in the middle ages, who founded one of the most influential and powerful state that would play big part in the history of the world.


DRAWING COMMENTARIES

As for the character itself in this drawing, she is Countess lodie de Meux, 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. Her depiction is more common to the 13th century armaments, though elements of anachronism from 14th century is presents as well. On simple note, she could either be depicted as French Knight, or a Frankish Crusader, depending on the tabards worn :D

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. 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


REFERENCES AND OTHER RELATED MEDIA

Developed from the concept: lodie de Clotaires of Ordo Sanctae Militae de Fran

May be related to the following:

The Normans Aubrey de Manche of Duche de Normannus (Norman) by Gambargin, The Arabs Sultana Ahu of Sultanat Misr Al-Sarraviyah (Egypt) by Gambargin, The Byzantines Basilissa Sotirisa of Basileia Rhiomanion (Greek) by Gambargin, The English Duchess Edith of Gloucester of Kingdom of Albion by Gambargin, The Spanish Infanta Urraca Alfonzez of Reino di Iberia 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.1.22 by Gambargin


HISTORICAL COMMENTARIES

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 ruled 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 Martel, 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.

Pardon any errors, but if you do find any, please do correct me as it will be much appreciated :)
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maqpam Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  New member
this one's too . thats look like the perisan culture . the parthian warrior
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ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
  You write that the Franc knights defeated the Arabian invaders at Tours. It's wrong. They were defeated near Poitiers, at the place called Moussais, nowadays the village of Vouneuil sur Vienne. After the victory, Charles was called "Martel" because he used his sword as it was a hammer ( in French: marteau).
 I'm French.  The French history is mine!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Thank you for the information and correction. Indeed, the term "Battle of Tours" and "Battle of Poitiers" are interchangeable, as it took place somewhere between Tours and Poitiers. More accurately, Historians have pointed that the battle occurred somehwere about 12 miles northeast of Poitiers, nearby the place called Moussais-la-Bataille, or Vouneuil sur Vienne as you have mentioned :). As for the name of Charles Martel, it is a spelling error from my end. I will correct it shortly.
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ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
 If the inhabitants of Tours could read your comment, they wouldn't be happy! Poitiers and Tours are not interchangeable! In fact the nearest town of the battle is Chatellerault. Is the French story the most interesting for you? And the Italian? Extraodinary story!
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Shinzhon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Digital 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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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Well, you can always go with the trade route theory. Or maybe the Europeans can claim to be the successors of the Romans, and try to reconquer the old Roman provinces in the Middle East from the Saracens. Both of these were kinda factors in the Crusades anyways. :P

I should mention that whenever I see Frankish knights in chainmail and tabards my mind instantly goes to the Crusades. That's why I mentioned it.
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OberstJurten Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool!!!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Thank you :D
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J4B Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reading this made me want to replay Medieval total war 2.

I really like how you drew her chainmail. Really nice attention to detail.
She must be quite the fighter, I see some blood on her.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
She must have been, battle was a pretty bloody activity i imagined :o
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akitku Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did a French knight! How awesome - for me France is the epitome of a medieval kingdom. I think you did really well on her - she has a really tough face. I love how you made the armour really dark as well. There is this grim determination about her which is great!
Like lavenderl , I do think Joanne of Acr actually did take an active role in the fighting. Maybe the "figurehead" view is something we generally tend to assume because of how extraordinary it would be for a peasant girl to lead the French army - we're sceptical so we make her into a figurehead instead.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Thank you Akitku, medieval art without the french knights is incomplete! That, i have to agree! I've always wanted to draw one, but i opt for a much more battle-worn depiction, instead of the regular knight in shining armor :).

As for Joan of Arc, she did take an active role in battle, leading her men and riding alongside of her soldiers, but I'm not as to how active she was in the actual battle, where the killing and fighting take place. I read in her confession during the trial, that she never killed a single soul....but i guess that's just written history. :)
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't believe that Jeanne d'Arc was simply a figurehead.  With that said, I really like your picture.  The way you drew her tired yet triumphant face is wonderful.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Yeah, the french lady was meant to be portrayed in post-battle, rather than the usual clean state :)

I don't think Joan of arc was just a figurehead. she did join the battle and rode alongside her soldiers, but as for the actual battle as in, killing enemy soldiers, I read during her trial that she confessed that she never killed a single soul...but who knows =P
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that's interesting; I never knew she said she never killed anyone.  Thank you for the correction. ^^
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how her face is sweaty and how she actually looks tired from battle. The arm holding the helmet looks a little strange though--might want to check the angle and foreshortening. I also like the smoking castle tower in the background!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Ah yes, i'd made an error on that bit. I've been practicing on portraying character in frontal view, as you may have notices, most drawings I have made are with characters on different angle. :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you mean! It's hard doing poses sometimes. Have you tried using Daz Studio before? You can pose figures (they have a default mesh called "Genesis" that comes with Daz Studio 4.6 Pro and you can morph it to whatever you want, a fat woman, a skinny man, a muscular teenager, etc.) and use poses that the program comes along with as well as make your own (you can also download clothing, poses, backgrounds, props, hair, skin textures, etc. online for free on sites like sharecg.com and renderosity). It's really helped me a lot!
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Yurisc Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the belts are too low, the sword belt on her hips and the normal belt on her waist.
Nice work.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Yeap, i noticed that too, but it was a bit too late to correct it. Thanks for the feedback and the compliment nevertheless :)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Photographer
I like her! Like the Byzantine lady, she looks really tough, but then that's what you'd expect. And FritzVicari is right, there were real women warriors, too!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Indeed! There are more women warriors in history, but somehow, they tend to be forgotten. I've been wondering why Joan of Arc got so many attention out of all the women warriors in history :?
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014   Photographer
Perhaps because of her tragic end?
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Great piece! The equipment shown is a mixture of gears from early to mid XIII century. The first thing that came to my mind, for some reason, is that the scene was set during the bloody Albigesian crusades against the Cathars.

You know, talking about female warriors of France, Jeanne "Forquet" Hachette, who also fought in the latter years of the Hundred Years' War, came to my mind. She has a pretty shorter story, but may still be of some interest, nevertheless!

What came to my mind, most importantly, is that THERE IS a book on historical warrior women which I have since my childhood: "Women Warlords, an illustrated female military history of female warriors" by Tim Newark. What's really awesome of this book? 16 wonderful plates by Angus McBride! You should surely check them out, somehow! :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Fritz, thank you very much fro dropping by! The comment means so much, especially coming from you!

I've just ordered that book which you have mentioned form amazons, can't wait to get my hands on it!

As for the cathar crusades, i've read about it and it's pretty bloody i should say. The cathar themselves were declared heretics by the church, and that, the pope offered any lands held by Cathars to nobles willing to take arm made it pretty prospective.....I think this event can be compared to the medieval inquisition, but with more armed men involved.

Given that most of these characters i have portrayed are nobles, i've been thinking maybe i should include someone from a different social class, like the commoners. I read once about the Flemish peasants beating up the french knights in the battle of golden spurs...maybe perhaps you have another suggestion?
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khaolian Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
As always, your piece of art is impressive! the woman knight, a "chevaleresse" of the royal army (according to her fleur-de-lys tabbard) looks tired, bloody batttered but triumphant among her soldiers. just a tiny detail, the armour and equipment appears 12th-early13th century as opposed to the triple fleur-de-lys motif wich appeared in the second half of the 14th century (charles V).
If i remember my history lessons, Jeanne "hachette" fought during the franco-burgundian wars (about 10-15 years after the end of the 100 years war)
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist
I've read on the comments of Amazon that depending on the edition the content may change, as far as those images are concerned. I hope you are lucky! 

As for the commoners, the battle of the Golden Spurs is a good idea and one of the most famous examples of medieval nobles beaten up by commoner infantry!

Otherwise, there's the two famous examples of Crecy and Agincourt, with the flower of french cavalry taken down by the longbows of the english yeomen ("a commoner cultivating his own land"). Then, the Welsh longbowmen against the English/Norman invaders. I'm not very informed about the czech Hussites, but you should surely check them out if you want some ragtag beating nobles action! :D
Communal Italy has also some infantry tradition, like the genoese crossbowmen and the Palvesari.

A famous story about the Genoese crossbowmen serving the French army at Crecy: they were tired, their equipment wet and several of them had deserted because they have received no pay. The genoese crossbowmen started the battle and proved useless. They were able to shoot with a fewer ratio than the English longbowmen and at a shorter range. They also lacked the big pavese shields, which had remained in the baggage train; having suffered heavy losses from the entrenched English archers, they retreated and were hacked down and trampled by the french knights as they came back to their lines.

Hope those hints were interesting or helpful, somehow! :)
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KaiKainat Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I like how smooth you did the face (And the blood trace or scratch in her face)
And yes, France revolution is really "...."
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