Guards at the Holy Sepulchre, Lectionary, Santo Domingo do Silos, Castile and León, Spain.
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Nouv. Acq. Lat. 2176, f. 265


A larger image of Guards at the Holy Sepulchre, Lectionary, Santo Domingo do Silos, Castile and León, Spain. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Nouv. Acq. Lat. 2176, f. 265.

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Title: Lectionnaire pour les différentes fêtes de l'année à partir de Noël, à l'usage de l'abbaye de Silos. Écriture visigothique du XI e siècle. I
Title: Lectionary for the various festivals of the year starting from Christmas, for the use of the abbey of Silos. Visigothic writing of the 11th century.
Type: manuscript
Language: latin
Rights: public domain
Identifier: ark:/12148/btv1b10032627h
Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France. Département des manuscrits. NAL 2176 (1)



Referenced on p153, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle.
386A-B     Book of Matins from Santo Domingo de Silos, Castile, 12th century
(Bib. Nat., Ms. Nouv. Acq. Lat. 2176, Paris, France)

Here the guards at the Holy Sepulchre are illustrated in an indigenous style which has similarities with Mozarab art. Their equipment is, however, unremarkable, consisting of rather tall conical helmets, no apparent armour, tall kite-shaped shields on guiges, straight swords, and long spears.



Referenced as figure 530 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
530. Manuscript from Santo Domingo do Silos, Guards at the Tomb, 12th century AD, Spanish, Bib. Nat., Nouv. Acq. Lat. 2176, f. 265, Paris.
p.238: What are not mentioned are a whole series of smaller, often hand- rather than arm-held, kite-shaped shields, many of which have rounded rather than pointed bases, which could provide a logical link between the ancient oval shield and the heavy European kite-shaped cavalry shield of the 11th and 12th centuries (Figs. 149, 154, 159, 161, 204, 220B, 227, 267, 301, 392, 393, 415, 422, 484, 510, 514, 515, 521, 523, 524, 527, 530, 531, 533, 538, 540, 543, 545, 549, 552, 575, 577, 586, 587, 604, 606, 610, 625 and 638).



See also 'Guards at the Tomb'. Relief on a column, cloister of the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, Spain, 1080AD
Other 11th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Other Spanish and North African Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers