Italian Soldiers in 14th Century Frescoes at
Castello di Sabbionara d’Avio, Sala delle guardie
Sabbionara Castle at Avio, Guard House
Trentino, North-Eastern Italy
Right Side of the Upper Register
Infantrymen fighting with sword and buckler on frescoes in the castle of Sabbionara at Avio in the Trento.
Painted around 1340, these illustrate the almost perpetual state of conflict between the Ghibeline, or pro-Holy Roman Empire,
family of Castelbarco who held Sabbionara and the Guelph, or pro-Papacy, forces of the neighbouring Bishop of Trento.
They provide some of the best pictures of 14th century north Italian infantry. (Italian Medieval Armies 1300-1500 by David Nicolle)
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