Wilhelm von Bibra

In 1487, Lorenz wrote a letter of introduction to Pope Innocent VIII for his half brother Wilhelm who was being sent to the Vatican as an emissary of Archbishop Herman of Cologne.  In 1490, Wilhelm became ill when returning from Rome as an emissary of Kaiser Friedrich. Wilhelm’s tombstone is still to be seen in the Pelligrini Chapel of the Saint Anastasia Church in Verona.

2001 Photo by Paul Goldwhite
2001 photo by Paul Goldwhite

1952 Description of Text on Grave
by Leonard Sutton

Nobilis et stren,. Doms. Gulielmus de Bibra Eques aureus, Ducatu Franciae Orientalis Oriundus, Sereniss.  D. Frederici III ○ Caesoris victiss, et Massimiliani eius nati, incliti Romanorum Regis Consiliar ad S.D.N. Archiepiscp.) Innocentiu Pap. VIII ○ Orator et Nuntius, atque Reverendiss. D.  Hermani Archiepiscopi Coloniensis Principis Electoris Magister Curiae et consiliarius completa legatione ex Ro. Domus regreditur. Obiit in hac inclita Urbe Veronae die. S.S. August: anno 1490. Cuius anima requiescat in pace.

In piedi ancora queste parole: Peregrinorum familia pietatis gratia nunc mihi soli in hoc sacello tu mulum concessit An. MLXXXX.

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Note the engraving from the Family History has with highlights such as the hilt of the sword in gold leaf. This is because Wilhelm was made a Knight of the Golden Spur which entitled him to have golden spurs and/or gold gilt armor.

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In the painting, the painter, Wolfgang von Bibra, apparently didn’t pick
up on the significance of the color of the armor but did give him golden spurs.

Antique Print-WILHELM VON BIBRA-15TH CENTURY-PLATE 190-Bonnard-Mercuri-1860

Description: This delicate original antique print originates from ‘Costumes Historiques des XIIe, XIIIe, XIVe, et XVI siecles’ by Camille Bonnard published in Paris by A. Levy Fils 1860. This work was later continued by later continued by Duplessis ( 16th to 18th century). The images in these works have often served as examples after which theater and movie costumes were modelled.

Artists and Engravers: In 1827 Camille Bonnard began a monumental gallery of 13th to 15th century European costumes, published in 75 parts over the next two years, with beautiful hand-colored plates by Paul Mercuri.

Subject: Plate 190: ‘Costume Miltaire, Guillaume de Bibra, XVe Siecle.’ (Military Costume, Wilhelm von Bibra, 15th century). Wilhelm von Bibra (1442 – 1490) was a Papal Emissary

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