In this article we will look at two books that may come in handy for those who don‘t want to read scientific literature and prefer rather linear adventurous story. While I believe that there is nothing better than studying primary sources and experience the adventures that actually happened, from time to time it does not hurt to wander into popular literature. Unfortunately, there is a lack of interesting novels placed into the Thirty Years War Periods. While there is no shortage of good novels from the environment of the ancient world, as well as from the twentieth century, 17th century somehow lags in the interest.
Articles about Thirty Years War
Size of the armies during the thirty years increased multiple times in comparison with the previous century. Since armies were composed mostly of mercenaries, they included many civilians too. These were families of mercenaries, courtesans or craftsmen. They often outnumbered the mercenaries. To feed and maintain these armies required much more sophisticated organization and institutions than was contemporary standard. Without sufficient supply, the armies were forced to live off the land either in allied or in enemy territory. Reactions to these actions were not always positive.
Shooters always required a sufficient amount of ammunition at hand whether they were using a bow or a crossbow. With the introduction of firearms, simple containers as quivers were not enough anymore. Gunpowder, along with bullets, was necessary in order to shoot. Until the invention of bandoliers, it was often difficult to put the right amount of gunpowder in the muzzle using only gunpowder flasks. Apart from the mentioned, another important piece of shooter's equipment was a bullet pouch.
Footwear is one of the most important parts of a costume. It is necessary to pay attention to the topic, especially for reconstructing a soldier's uniform (presuming we can call contemporary army clothing and footwear as such), as 17th century soldiers spent a lot of time marching. What did the footwear look like then?
<-- An original of a 17th-century shoe. A lace or a ribbon was used for lacing. The shoe was found in Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK.
The conflict known as the Thirty Years' War was triggered in Hapsburg Monarchy, more specifically - Bohemia. One of the most important battles happened on the White Mountain close to Prague on November 8, 1620. In the following article, we will take a closer look at this battle.
Every era in history had a specific fashion. From rather simple design of the early Middle Ages, clothing developed into more complicated design of baroque. Clothing of the Thirty Years' war may be understood as a predecessor of the baroque one.