PRINCE MICHAEL

History of War - - MICHAEL THE BRAVE -

Prince Michael the Brave of Wal­lachia wears an em­broi­dered cloak over a black­ened cuirass with gold in­lay. On his head he wears a tra­di­tional Wal­lachian fur hat with dec­o­ra­tive bird feath­ers on one side. Michael was left-handed, and there­fore his left hand rests on his scim­i­tar. In bat­tle, though, he pre­ferred to wield a dou­ble-bladed axe. His large, fur-trimmed cloak of­fered am­ple warmth. The red lin­ing was in­spired by the 16th-cen­tury Wal­lachian flag, which had a black sable ea­gle with a gold cross in its beak set against a red back­ground.

“MICHAEL CAME TO POWER IN A TREACH­ER­OUS PO­LIT­I­CAL EN­VI­RON­MENT. HE WAS CAUGHT IN A VICE BE­TWEEN THE HAB­S­BURG AND OT­TOMAN EM­PIRES. IF HE WERE THE VAS­SAL OF ONE, HE WOULD BE THE EN­EMY OF THE OTHER. IT WAS A COM­PLEX GAME OF PO­LIT­I­CAL CHESS, FRAUGHT WITH PERIL”

Wal­lachian Prince Michael the Brave as de­picted in an early 20th-cen­tury mu­ral paint­ing

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