Harquebusier, 16th century

Caption: Harquebusier, 16th century

Portable firearms such as the one used by this harquebusier became common in European armies during the 16th century although they were complicated to handle and slow to fire. Pikemen, crossbowmen, archers and swordsmen continued to be present on battlefields in the old as well as the new world. Print after Vecellio.