Crossbow of Matthias Corvinus

For our correlating post to the Holy Roman Empire, I decided to discuss art left from the King considered to bring the Renaissance from Italy, and that would be Matthias, King of Hungary and Bohemia. This crossbow belonged to him and was one of the earliest surviving that included heraldry in the decoration.  Crossbows are… Continue reading Crossbow of Matthias Corvinus

15th Century Holy Roman Empire

When we left the Holy Roman Empire, it was being ruled by Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia, and what started as a peaceful reign is slowly moving towards calamity, as Wenceslaus shows his cruelty, alcoholism, and tolerance for what they perceived as heresy (his support of reformer Jan Hus). The torture and murder of Vicar-General, John… Continue reading 15th Century Holy Roman Empire

Iron Crown of Lombardy

Every kingdom has its crown, but not many can claim to have origins dating to biblical times. According to legend, the Iron Crown of Lombardy was forged with a nail from the True Cross. The legend says St. Helena, mother of Constantine, had it created and considering studies show the crown was constructed from two… Continue reading Iron Crown of Lombardy

14th Century Holy Roman Empire

The Holy Roman Empire had been revived in 800 A.D. by Pope Leo III when he gave the title to the Frankish King, Charlemagne, on December 25. Unlike most monarchs, the emperor controlled a vast amount of land (Pretty much all central Europe) that consisted of hundreds of duchies, kingdoms, and free cities. Emperors would… Continue reading 14th Century Holy Roman Empire