Ximena de Torelló, de Lérida, Corona de Aragón, representada con una armadura de brigantina, cota de mallas y de placas para los brazos del siglo XIV.
Ximena de Torello of Corona d'Catalunya
HWS Medieval Catalan Woman Warrior Concept - Historically Wrong Sketch Series
Inspired by: https://youtu.be/wGPb9fiSgfo
*re-drawin to fix the background*
In our modern world, Catalonia serves a one of the special region in Spain that has it's unique culture and history, whose vibrant art, music and festivals have captivated many of our imaginations. During the middle ages, the region served as marches under the Carolingian empire, and later, independent counties before being absorbed by the Crown of Aragon, therefore, playing important part in the history of Iberian peninsula and much of the Mediterranean land
I have always wanted to try and create a drawing that leaves a different impression to the audience, especially when it comes to the subject of portraying Women Warriors. More often than not, when people see a drawing of Women Warrior they would comment on how cool and beautifully she is drawn, the epicness of the design and/or scene and etc. But I wanted to make something different, something that brings the impression that the woman warrior depicted is just a human like us, a normal human in its different emotion states.
Having said that, I derived this drawing from a long lost tragic Catalan tale of romance between a lowborn girl from Lerida and a nobleman from Toulouse. He fell in love with her during a trip to Barcelona, and later, visited her many times, reciting her poem and and sharing stories from across they Pyrenees. But when the time came for the man to ask her hand for marriage, his family strongly opposed him marrying a lowborn. He was then forced to break ties with her and betrothed to another lady, leaving the poor catalan girl heartbroken. The two would later sing their lament every night, hoping that the wind would carry their longing across the pyreness to each others. It was said that in the end, the Nobleman died on his way during the first Crusade while the girl retired to a monastery, isolating herself from the world until her death
Hence, this is how I decided to portray Ximena de Torello, a lady of the lower Catalan Nobility. She is depicted wearing a stylized brigandine, with mail hauberk and plate arm guard, which was common for light cavalry or infantry hailing from Catalonia in the 14th Century. Catalonia itself was relatively poor and it's feudal holdings were somewhat smaller as compared to the rest of Christian Iberian Kingdoms, hence the reason why she isn't depicted wearing expensive armor. Initially, I wanted her to be somewhat depicted just like the "Almogavars", a type of light infantry, but scrapped the idea. Her helmet is absent and is intended for artistic license. The scene itself is depicting Ximena, deeply listening to the tunes played by the Frankish Nobleman who visited her in a military camp. The "lute" is probably anachronistic and so is his coat of plate, so please forgive me for the error. Also, you can see some of the garrison soldier in the background making merry, just to add to the atmosphere a little bit.