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HISTORIC WEAPONS

Schlossmuseum Linz

PERMANENT EXHIBITION

A small selection of historic weapons are on display in three rooms, their composition is quite diverse.

WARFARE OF THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD

Shown in this room are traditional offensive and defensive weapons, which were used despite the advent of firearms in the Late Middle Ages. On display are edged weapons (swords) designed for close combat, primarily from Upper Austria, however also pikes and halberds, typical mercenary weapons of the Late Middle Ages. In the field of defensive weapons the jousting helmet from Traun is astounding. Only around two dozen of these helmets have remained preserved worldwide.

EARLY MODERN PERIOD FIREARMS AND TOURNAMENTS

This room is on one hand dedicated to Early Modern Period firearms, on the other hand to tournaments. Hand cannons and a very rare “Bündelbüchse” rifle are as much highlights as the Baroque jousting lances, which were used for the amusement of the noblemen in a kind of “Possenspiel” (= farce, amusing play).

CEREMONIAL AND PEASANTS’ WAR WEAPONS

The contrast between the ceremonial weapons wrought with the highest craftsmanship and the primitive Peasants’ War weapons is particularly noticeable. Nevertheless, both fields have special objects to offer, for example, a major work of royal representation, King Philipp III of Spain’s shield, is on display, as is the sword and bludgeon of Stefan Fadinger, leader of the Upper Austrian Peasants’ War in 1626.

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