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Pieter Snayers, The Battlepainter of the 17th Century

7 March 2018

Pieter Snayers was in many ways the premier battlepainter of the 30-Years War as he excelled in making large, detailed and often surprisingly accurate "birds-eye view" paintings of...

Swiss military clothing 1564-1587

17 September 2017

One question I get ask from time to time is what did the Swiss troops in the French wars of Religion (1562-1598) look like? Did they look just like the Landsknechts or did they have...

Walking the Nördlingen battlefield

28 November 2016

In the summer of 2015 I was able to spend the better part of a day exploring the Nördlingen battlefield, in particular the Albuch hill which was the critical point of the battle. ...

The Imperial & Leaguist army in the Battle of Breitenfeld 1631

24 November 2016

Recreating the order of battle and deployment Tilly's army at Breitenfeld is a challenge as the sources are not as detailed as those available for the Saxons and Swedes. For example...