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Druzhina12 Apr 2022 6:27 p.m. PST

I have finally found a large coloured image of the battle scene in the Saint Vaast Bible, 11thC Capetian Northern France. Arras BM 435.

The cavalryman in the foreground on the right is referenced as figure 3 in Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle:

"Here a man with an almost Carolingian type of large round shield thrusts overarm in an old-fashioned manner with a pennoned spear. His conical helmet might be of segmented construction and, most unusual of all, it seems to have a mail aventail,"

Other figures wear hauberks with integral coif.
Saint Aubin in the 'Life of St. Aubin', made in Angers, France, end of the 11th century, appears to have an aventail.
The Leiden I Maccabees manuscript / Codex Perizoni F 17, Saint Gall, Switzerland, second half of 9th–early 10th century also shows aventails.

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Battle scene in the Saint Vaast Bible, 11thC Capetian Northern France. Arras BM 435.

Are there other illustrations of European aventails?

Druzhina
11th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers

advocate13 Apr 2022 1:06 a.m. PST

Useful as always.

bobm195914 Apr 2022 5:43 a.m. PST

Hardly "old fashioned" style overarm thrust. Nearly every Norman on the Bayeux Tapestry thrusts overarm

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