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The Winchester Bible, 12th century.



England, Winchester, Cathedral Priory of St. Swithin, ca. 116080


Referenced on pp64-5, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle
143A-C 'Joshua', Winchester Bible, Hampshire, 1160-70
(Cathedral Library, f.209, Winchester, England)

Joshua and a follower are dressed in the height of fashion with very long surcoats. The one-piece helmets are now round and only one has a nasal. Long-sleeved mail hauberks are worn beneath the surcoats, one of which has horizontal heraldic stripes (C). The mittens of Joshua's hauberk (A and B) appear to be of a transitional type in which the fingers and thumbs are unarmoured, protruding through slits in the glove.

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