Kats, poisonous gas, trebuchets, armored vehicles covered in spikes, and magic--lots of magic; Konrad Kyeser's Bellifortis is an imaginative book that inspired the likes of Hans Talhoffer, and perhaps even Leonardo da Vinci. It's full of recreations of some of history's most obscure innovations, but these oddities weren't left to print, they were brought to life on the Renaissance and Medieval battlefields, and that's what we wanted to explore in this episode of l'Arte Dell Armi. To do so, we sat down with Michael Chidester to learn more about who Konrad Keyser was, and more about his fascinating work, Bellifortis.
Just a quick side note, in the 2022 Elden Ring videogame there’s an enemy called ”flame chariot” which are an almost exact copy of Bellafortis’ demon faced - weapons. Thanks for such a fun and informative podcast!
Monday Mar 27, 2023
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