The armors of Emperor and King Maximilian I and II

Emperor and King Maximilian II
Maximilian or as we called him: Miksa (1527-1576), was said to be a good-hearted and diligent Habsburg ruler but he failed to have solved Hungary’s main problem and his rule just made the Ottoman conquest longer.
Maximilian armor is a modern term applied to the style of early 16th-century German plate armor associated with, and possibly first made for Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519).
Maximilian I.

As for Emperor Maximilian I, he was the great Habsburg ruler who outlived King Matthias Corvinus. He was the one who brought about the Habsburgs’ rule in almost every corner of Europe. When the Hungarian Estates refused to give him the Sacred Crown of Hungary in 1505 under the pretext that he was not Hungarian, he scornfully remarked that he spoke Hungarian fluently and he was born in Bécsújhely (Wiener Neustadt) that had belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary. Moreover, he said to have been related to the ancient Hungarian kings as well.


 

Regarding the Maximilian armor, it is still white armor, made in plain steel, but it is decorated with many flutings that may also have played a role in deflecting the points and blades of assailants and increasing the structural strength of the plates. It is a transitional stage in the decoration of armor, after the plain steel surfaces of 15th-century armor and before the elaborate decoration and coloring with etching and other techniques of Renaissance armor.

According to an alternative version, the name is related to Maximillian II, as the last Maximilian armor was made especially for him in 1557, seventeen years after it passed out of general use.

 


It was a trend that developed in 15th and especially 16th-century Europe was to create armor that not only provided the maximum amount of protection but was also visually pleasing. Maximilian armor combined the rounded Italian style of armor with the German fluted style.

(Source of pictures and some of the information: Historical Weapons Research Journal and Wikipedia)
Here are a few examples of the two Maximillian emperors’ armors: