Photos from Gruyères 2009

A selection of pictures taken in June 2009 at Gruyères Castle, Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland.

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In the camps of the Company the quatermaster serves also as the prevot. He acts as the judge in criminal cases and expresses his authority with the help of a stick.
Photo by Celine Neubig.
  Handguns made spectacular progres in the 15th century. But not every handgunner owned the latest design.
Photo by Lea Schieback.
     
 
The breastplate and a helmet are the minimal armour a men would wear if dressed for war. Other items would follow if money was available.
Photo by Lea Schieback.
 

Breech loading canons were an invention of the 15th century. They allowed for rapid fire with the help of a serial preparation of multiple breeches in advance.
Photo by Anna Zahnder.

     
 

Spinning thread is the most time-consuming textile work. Once you have the thread to make a garment, weaving and sewing are negligible in comparison.
Photo by Anna Zahnder.

 

This carpenter works for the textile production too. The wooden frames hanging on his right are used to wind the finished yarn.
Photo by Anna Zahnder.

     
 
A patten maker forms a piece of wood into an item, which you wear under your shoes, so they do not get wet in muddy streets.
Photo by Celine Neubig.
  Peas and beans are typical side dish of the late middle ages.
Photo by Eliane Caramanna.
     
 
"... tibi dabo claves regni coelorum." To you - St. Peter - I give the keys to the kingdom of heavens. May he bless the owner of this pavese.
Photo by Eliane Caramanna.
 

The sky above this saint - St. Catherine perhaps - is stitched with golden thread. Every thread is wrapped in a layer of gold. Multiple ways existed to make this type of yarn.
Photo by Celine Neubig.