Selected illustrations of military interest from the
King Wenceslas IV Bible
Bible krále Václava IV
The Wenceslas Bible (German: Wenzelsbibel) or the Bible of Wenceslaus IV (Czech: Bible Václava IV.) is a six-volume illuminated manuscript written in German.
The manuscript was commissioned by King Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia.
The translation from Latin Vulgate was commissioned by a wealthy burgher of Prague, Martin Rotlev, about 1375–1380.
Held by the Austrian National Library (Cod. 2759–64).
Text links to the larger images:
A king, prisoners and guards, in Part I
Pharaoh's army pursues the Hebrews, in Part I
Battle against the Amalakites, in Part I
Moses orders a massacre, in Part I
Confrontation of knights at a camp, in Part II
Knights, in Part II
A battle scene, in Part II
A siege, in Part II
Knights and infantry in a pursuit scene, in Part III
A siege, in Part III
A prisoner and guards before a ruler, in Part III
Featuring helmets with brim and nasal, in Part IV
Featuring Bohemian soldiers in brigandine, in Part IV
A combat between two cities, in Part IV
A group of armoured soldiers, in Part VI
Infantry including archers, in Part VI
Spearmen with 'Bohemian' shields, in Part VI
See also 121. BOHEMIAN INFANTRYMAN c.1400 in Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2 by Ian Heath, based on the King Wenceslas IV Bible
122. BOHEMIAN ARCHER c.1400 in Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2 by Ian Heath, based on the King Wenceslas IV Bible
Other 14th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers