The upgraded concept sketch of the Austrian Women Warrior, Ilda III Luitgard von Harzberg, from the Historically Wrong Sketch Project set in the 17th Century Era of Warfare. Based on the previous poll, Archduchess Ilda has won major victory as the best candidate to hold the title of Kaiserin the series, and hence, the drawing to display her victory and newly acquired title. Thank you guys for casting your votes
. The clothes maybe anachronistic and stylized, but please pardon me as I'm not really that versed in the 17th century fashion (and there's error here and there in the drawings
Behold, the theme fitting for the Kaiserin! : www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DD_NR…
With the carefully crafted political execution and masterful intrigue, Archduchess Ilda III Luitgard of Harzbergerreich
has finally won the support to hold the highest and the most prestigious position within the Imperium Germania Sanctum, the successor of the Holy Karlingian Empire from the previous series. With the absolute power and authority that comes with it, nothing shall stop the ambition of the Harzbergs to rule and exert their dominance in Europe. Alas, the Kaiserin must also deal with the jealous kin, Electress Ilsa von Niedestatt
(based on historical Prussia) who is eager to carve their own legacy at the Harzberg expenses. Whatever their bitter rivalry will result in, the whole of Europe watches carefully what the Kaiserin will do to establish their authority and bolster their military power, for the onslaught of the Turkish Orhan Empire is inevitable
. As Carpathia is being laid waste and Eastern Europe struggles to hold the advances of the Orhans, it won't be long before the two empire face each other to determine their supremacy over Europe in a bloody and brutal war...
Historically Speaking, the Title Kaiserin is held only by the spouse or consorts of the ruling Holy Roman Emperor, along with some empire authorities and power over her subjects. The Holy Roman Empire themselves serves as the successive empire from the previous Carolingian Empire that united half of Europe under their Authority. Throughout history, the HRE encompass mostly the Germanic states, countries and principalities as well as other land such as Italy. As the centuries go, the power of the emperor diminish as independent German states grew even more powerful, such as the Prussians and the Austrians. The title and the Empire was finally abolished in the early 19th century, seen as being anachronistic, for it was "neither Holy, Roman, nor Empire" by the time Europe enters it's early modern age.
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Food for Thought:
Just imagine if Ilda was to exist in real life, to be able to occupy such position requires a person of extraordinary intelligent and ambition with strong heart. With such power, even with a lift of a finger she can command thousands of men to their death and raze a whole country to the ground. She is not the empress that fairy tale describes, whose beauty draws out men from many lands, whose power admired by many, and whose wisdom/wickedness are second to none....This is an Empress of an Empire with millions of souls underneath her, and many enemies ready to overthrow her crown, both from outside and from within. She commands respect and fear from her subjects, and those that opposes her will be crushed utterly.
Have a thought.., think of a nice simple farm girl, who tours around the beauty of her surroundings, playing with her friends and family, and finding love before eventually settling down with her husband in a lovely family. Now think of Ilda, whose time are spent dealing with the needs of her people, devising political and military strategy with her trusted advisers, while keeping check on her potential enemies. Love is not necessary for her, as marriage is meant to produce suitable heir for the future emperor and the inheritor of the Harzberg Legacy. She may have all the wealth and power as an empress, but there is little to enjoy in her life, as compare to that of the simple farm girl.
Now, the next time you see the image of a powerful woman in any art, think of the sacrifice she had to made to be in that position...After that, what part of her would you admire the most?