Category: battle

Battle of Dun Nechtain (May 20th 685) – A Pict…

Battle of Dun Nechtain (May 20th 685) – A Pictish stone at Aberlemno Church yard

Relief is thought to depict  Battle of Dun Nechtain where  Picts defeated invading Northumbrian forces. Among the casualties was Ecgfrith, king of Northumbria. Picts and their leader Bridei III (?) are portrayed on the left and their enemies on the right.

Source: By Greenshed [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

“In peace sons bury their fathers, in war fath…

“In peace sons bury their fathers, in war fathers bury their sons.” – Herodotus

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Another of the skulls fused with a maille (chainmail) Coif recovered from the site of the battle of Visby, Gotland, ca. 1361.

I wonder if you could go back in time and meet the guy who was putting that on just to let him know he would never take it off

To be honest, there was probably a good chance he knew he wouldn’t be taking it off.

He was a peasant (probably a freeman, specifically) who had chosen to fight an invading professional army. He and the men he fought with probably knew that they would be outnumbered, outclassed, and (for lack of a better term) outgunned.

When the Danish army got to the city of Visby, on the island of Gotland, the residents were ready. Just 4 days before, the Danes had fought and slaughtered a group of about 1,000 farmers that had massed against them. The men at Visby numbered about 2,000.

When the smoke cleared, the Visby army had taken about 1,700 casualties, a staggering g 85% of their force. The Danes, who had numbered between 2,000 and 2,500, had only taken about 300 casualties, though the actual count is unknown.

So yes, he likely knew that his equipment would mean nothing to these Invaders, and that when he was inevitably struck down, he would be spending the rest of eternity in that coif. He chose to fight anyway.

“Never compete with someone who has nothing to…

“Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.”

“True conservatism is a struggle of the eter…

“True conservatism is a struggle of the eternity with time” – Nikolai Berdyaev

Battle of Lindanise – Dannebrog falls from the…

Battle of Lindanise – Dannebrog falls from the sky

In 1219 Danish King Valdemar II led a crusading fleet to Estonia.His army met Estonian forces at Lindanise – present day Tallinn – and defeated them after a hard fight. According to legend Danish flag, Dannebrog, fell from the sky during a difficult moment of the battle and this gave crusaders new hope.

(C.A. Lorentzen’s painting, 1809)

“Since love and fear can hardly coexist togeth…

“Since love and fear can hardly coexist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.” – Niccoló Machiavelli

“-We Knights of the Cross fear no one!” replie…

“-We Knights of the Cross fear no one!” replied the comtur, haughtily.

“-Especially God,” added the old castellan, in a low voice…

“Knights of the Cross – Henryk Sienkiewicz.”

“Great men burn bridges before they come to th…

“Great men burn bridges before they come to them.”

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The death of Hervor – Peter Nicolai Arbo (1880…

The death of Hervor – Peter Nicolai Arbo (1880)

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