Illustration from the:

Worms Bible
British Library Harley MS 2803

David & Goliath



Description: Detail of a marginal drawing of David and Goliath.
Title: Bible (the 'Worms Bible') , Genesis to Job
Origin: Germany (Frankenthal, near Worms, Middle Rhineland)
Date: 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century, probably c. 1148
Provenance: Possibly written or illuminated in 1148 in the Augustinian abbey of Mary Magdalene in Frankenthal, 10km south of Worms: inscription 'anno m.c.xlviii [inceptus est liber] ?' (f. 1)
Source: British Library



Referenced on p174, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle.
435 'David and Goliath', Germany, 1148
(British Library, Ms. Add. 14789, f.10, London, England)

In this manuscript Goliath is armed and armoured in a very basic style that indicates no particular regional or German variation. His helmet is a conical spangenhelm with a long curved nasal. This is worn over a mail coif that forms part of a long-sleeved mail hauberk. On his legs and feet are chausses which, though given a different pattern, are almost certainly of mail. His long kite-shaped shield has a guige, and his spear tacks wings or flanges but has a fringed gonfanon. His sword, shown somewhat schematically, has short broad quillons and a round pommel. It would be carried in a scabbard hung in traditional manner by split straps from a sword-belt.
Next: Worms Bible f133v. King Saul Falls on his Sword



See also Knights on a bronze and gilt fragment from the Temple Pyx, German, mid 12th century