Two soldiers in battle at Old Älvsborg Castle in 1502, Västergötland, Sweden, by Paul Dolnstein

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Battle between a Swedish soldier (to the left) and a German soldier of fortune (Landsknecht), at the Danish siege of Old Älvsborg Fortress in 1502.
Drawing from c. 1502 by the German soldier of fortune (Landsknecht) Paul Dolnstein, who himself participated in the Danish army.

Strid mellan en svensk soldat (till vänster) och tysk landsknekt, vid den danska belägringen av Gamla Älvsborgs slott 1502.
Teckning från cirka 1502 av den tyske landsknekten Paul Dolnstein, som själv deltog i den danska hären.


Collection: Photo collections, Archives of Swedish National Heritage Board. The original drawing is probably kept in the State Archives of Weimar in Germany.
Photograph by: Unknown
Date: c. 1930
Format: Glass plate negative



Referenced on p.45 MAA - 399 - Medieval Scandinavian Armies (2): 1300-1500 by David Lindholm and Angus McBride
A combat between a Swedish peasant militiaman (left) and a German mercenary. This remarkable drawing was made in 1502 by Paul Dolnstein, who had himself fought as a mercenary soldier in Scandinavia. The Swede - cf Plate H - wears straight, baggy trousers and a brimmed chapel-de-fer, perhaps a mail coif or collière, and a fluted breastplate with the upper lames of a fauld around his hips. Note his odd-looking pike-like weapon with S-shaped 'quillons' like a sword. On his left hip is a longbow, and the large bag on his back might contain arrows. (City Archives, Weimar, Germany)

Battle at Old Älvsborg Castle in 1502, Västergötland, Sweden, by Paul Dolnstein



Used as a source for The Swedish army in Renaissance Warfare - Airfix Magazine Articles, by George Gush
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