The Suit of Armour of Charles the Fifth also known as Carlos the Fifth, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V (Carlos V) was ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Charles I of Spain, of the Spanish realms from 1516 until his abdication in 1556. On the eve of his death in 1558, his realm, which has been described as one in which the sun never sets, spanned almost 4 million square kilometers.
As the heir of four of Europe's leading dynasties – the Habsburgs of Austria, the Valois of Burgundy, the Trastamara of Castile, and the House of Aragon – Charles V , ruled over extensive domains in Central, Western, and Southern Europe, as well as the various Castilian (Spanish) colonies in the Americas.
He was the son of Philip I of Castile (Philip the Handsome) and Juana of Castile (Joan the Mad of Castile). His maternal grandparents were Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, whose marriage had first united their territories into what is now modern Spain, and whose daughter Catherine of Aragon was Queen of England and first wife of Henry VIII. His cousin was Mary I of England, who married his son Philip. His paternal grandparents were the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I and Mary of Burgundy, whose daughter Margaret raised him.
As the first King to reign in his own right over both Castile and Aragon, Charles the Fifth, is often considered the first King of Spain. Charles I of Spain provided five ships to Ferdinand Magellan and his navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano, after the Portuguese captain was repeatedly turned down by Manuel I of Portugal. The commercial success of the voyage, which temporarily enriched Charles by the sale of its cargo of cloves, laid the foundation for the Pacific oceanic empire of Spain.
Charles' reign constitutes the pinnacle of Habsburg power, when all the family's far flung holdings were united in one hand. After his reign, the realms were split between his descendants, who received the Spanish possession and the Netherlands, and those of his younger brother, who received Austria, Bohemia and Hungary.
This full size Spanish suit of armour of the 16th century is a replica reproduction based on the ones that belonged to Charles V and Philip II, today part of the collection of the Real Armeria in Madrid. The armor , each piece being meticulously handcrafted, has been made in polished steel and iron, characterized by very rich and exquisitely etched in 24K Gold elaborate floral figures etched on the largest part of its surface. Provided with an arabesqued fabric gown, two ostrich plumes inserted in the apposite holder of the helmet, sword with velvet wrapped handgrip and wooden platform reinforced with metallic angles.
This Medieval Knight's Suit of Armour is an exceptionable symbol of Historic and Noble times that can be adapted to any interior decor. Handcrafted in Toledo Spain, the suits of armour by Martespa, a division of Marto, are the best replicas you can find. Their unrivaled quality and historical authenticity makes them a valuable and impressive collector item!
•Full Size reproduction
•Handcrafted Steel and Iron construction with "old patina" finish and 24K Gold etchings
•Height: 200 cms - 79 inches
•Weight: 97 lbs
•Wood Platform Base: 22 x 22 inches
•Some Assembly required
•An Impressive interior decor piece and collector item