THE PREEMINENCE OF THE MILANESE ARMOR INDUSTRY

Open Access
Author:
Tucker, Doran Ambrose
Area of Honors:
Geography
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Roger Michael Downs, Thesis Supervisor
  • Roger Michael Downs, Honors Advisor
  • Deryck Holdsworth , Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • Milan
  • Medieval Armor
  • Armor Production
  • European Armor
  • Armor Industry
  • Armorers
  • Armor
  • Geography
Abstract:
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Milan’s armorers produced exquisite armors of exceptional quality that were sought-after by Europe’s nobles, kings, and princes. Milanese merchants both exported their goods and established branch workshops in foreign cities. This thesis explores the interplay of technology, culture, politics, history, and geography that created an environment in which Milan’s armor industry could thrive. Fundamental to this assertion is that neither the success nor the eventual decline of the Milanese armor industry was the result of a singular decisive incident, trend, or person; rather, various conditions aligned such that Milan became – for a time – the preeminent center of armor production in Europe.