Dover Coloring Book

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Here is yet one more excellent coloring book from one of my favorite artists, A.G. Smith. I had no idea how much I would enjoy it, and I am so pleased with my finished pictures. Smith's artwork is the most professional and accurate of all Dover's artists, and they have a great many. I always get the feeling that he must be very intellectual, along with his artistic creativity. Anyways, this book provides colored pictures on the front and back covers for twelve of the forty-two, so I used those as guides, and was able to find most of the other ones either online or in the Dover books that I own, including fashions (because these were not just for fighting!!) and the numerous other Dover picture books I have of knights and armor.

So I believe my renditions are also quite accurate, to complement Smith's work! As is my usually complaint, I had a difficult time choosing what to post, so I tried to get a variety of centuries and countries. The earliest picture dates from Rome, 100 A.D., and the last image is English, 1640. Germany was the most represented, along with France and England, plus some of those earlier regions before the countries were defined. There were also a few from Italy and Spain, and some Crusaders. In all a very nice collection. I am really into the whole knights in shining armor thing, as in reading novels about that era, but in reality, I don't support wars or fighting at all. But typically, knights spent a good deal of time in tournaments, where sometimes there were serious injuries and even death, just like with modern sports, but it was more to gain recognition for excellence, and to entertain the people.

Each picture is supplied with a description and date. Many of them are actual royalty or nobles. I will also supply whatever written comments come with each picture. In addition, Smith has included a Glossary of Terms at the beginning, and two of the pictures are the front view and back view of armor with labels. Very educational! Out of the forty-two, here are the nine I have chosen. I used lots of metallic crayons! And the edited pictures turned out exceptionally good. You can almost see them shine and sparkle. I hope you enjoy my artwork!

No. 7: Norman Man-at-Arms, 1050. He is wearing a suit of mail and carrying an elongated shield bearing a stylized dragon.
No. 13: Knight of the Order of Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon (Templars), 1250. This knight wears a conical helmet with a sliding nose guard.
No. 19: Bertrand du Guesclin, Constable of France, 1380. The famous Breton knight is wearing a helmet with a visor of a type called a "hounskull." His horse's armor is a combination of plate, mail and leather.

Knight of the Order of Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon (Templars), 1250

Bertrand du Guesclin, Constable of France, 1380

Norman Man-at-Arms, 1050

No. 21: North Italian Armor, ca.1400. The velvet of this brigandine armor was lined with strips of tempered steel. Attached to the basinet is a large "hounskull" visor.
No. 28: Mounted Italian Condottiere, 1480. The condottiere were mercenaries in the service of Italian nobles. Their ranks included Englishmen, Frenchmen and Germans, as well as Italians.
No. 32: Mounted German Knight, 1512. This knight is armed for the Schweifrennen (another kind of tournament). A heavy cuirass-rest extends from beneath his right shoulder. This supported the weight of the lance when tilting.

Mounted Italian Condottiere, 1480

Mounted German Knight, 1512

North Italian Armor, ca, 1400

No. 38. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, England, 1575. As firearms became more sophisticated, armor became less functional and more decorative. This elaborate armor for the tilt is covered with an etched pattern derived from the earl's coat of arms.
No. 39: Italian Armor for Man and Horse, 1575. This highly decorated armor was intended more for the parade than for the battlefield.
No. 40: German Jousting Armor, 1580. Field armor was fitted with special reinforced pieces for jousting. The left shoulder is covered by a grand guard. Note the ventilator that can be opened for fresh air. This one and No. 38 are my favorites for the effect I created with shine and shading—a blend of metallic colors that look quite real!

Mounted Italian Condottiere, 1480

German Jousting Armor, 1580

 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, England, 1575

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