Soldier in a fresco, Church of the Brontochion, Mistra, Greece

An extract from Byzantine Armies AD 1118-1461 by Ian Heath & Angus McBride

Soldier from a fresco in the Church of the Brontochion, Mistra, executed shortly after 1449 and thought to depict Constantine XI. The accuracy of the very traditional equipment portrayed is impossible to determine since we know virtually nothing about 15th century Byzantine armour. Note he carries a small circular shield; though uncommon, these never entirely disappeared amongst Byzantine cavalrymen.



See also a Byzantine In Full Armour in Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2 by Ian Heath, based on the fresco in the Church of the Brontochion, Mistra
Other Illustrations of Byzantine Costume and Soldiers






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