Story of Tristan, Painted Marriage Chest, Breton?, 1150-70AD, Cathedral Treasury, Vannes
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Referenced on p.26, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle
19A-E 'Story of Tristan', painted wooden marriage chest, Duchy of Brittany, 1150-70
(Cathedral Treasury, Vannes, France)
The painted chest from Vannes portrays normal as well as unusual arms and armour.
The former are seen where two horsemen (A and B) attack a third (C), who is caught while in the act of mounting his horse.
A fourth figure hands the startled knight his shield. The helmets are conical, two with nasals and one without.
One has a straight front profile, another a forward-angled crown. Mail hauberks still lack mittens but include the usual coifs.
It is interesting to see how far forward the horsemen thrust their shields.
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