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Illustrations from

La Charité Psalter from Central France

British Library Harley MS 2895
Last quarter of the 12th century


f.38r David escapes Saul with Michal's aid

f.81v David fleeing from Absalom

f.82v David and Goliath

Source: British Library



Referenced as figure 310 in Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle
310 La Charité Psalter, Counties of Bourg or Nevers, end of 12th century
(British Library, Ms. 2895, f.5lb, London, England)

Here Goliath is shown with simple military equipment. This is not, however, necessarily old-fashioned, as many warriors, infantrymen and sergeants as well as some knights, still used relatively short-hemmed, short-sleeved mail hauberks. His helmet is quite tall and rounded with a nasal. Such a style seems to have been as popular as the conical type in many parts of late 12th-century Europe. His large kite-shaped shield may hang from a guige though the decorated strap across his chest might be part of a baldric for a sword.



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