Attributed to Kunz Lochner (German, 1510–1567). Bard made for Johann Ernst, Duke of Saxony-Coburg, dated 1548. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1932 (32.69) | This full bard comprises a shaffron, closed crinet of plate and mail for the neck, a peytral for the chest, flanchards for the sides, and a crupper for the rear of the horse. #horses
November 27, 1095: Pope Urban II Orders First Crusade On this day in 1095, Pope Urban II gave rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to wage war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land. Pope Urban’s brutal and bloody war was the first of seven major military campaigns, known as the Crusades, fought over the next two centuries.