Chartres Cathedral Statues
The Murder of Thomas Becket



A larger image of The Murder of Thomas Becket, Statues, Chartres Cathedral, France.


Image Source: Professor Moriarty
Title: East Face 1: Martyrdom of Becket
Date: c. 1194-1230
Location: France, Chartres
Identifier: FCSP3195A212
Collection: Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Digital Collections.



Referenced as figure 35 in Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle.
35 ‘Murder of St Thomas Becket’, carvings, County of Blois, early/mid-13th century
(in situ Cathedral, Chartres, France)

In stark contrast to the fantastic armour of Goliath and Philistines, the English knights who slay the Archbishop of Canterbury wear simple armour consisting of mail coifs, mail hauberks with mittens, mail chausses and unpadded loose surcoats. Their swords are equally simple and undecorated.
For terms in italics see Terminology in Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350 - Western Europe and the Crusader States - David Nicolle



See also Chartres Cathedral Relief Statues on Columns: David and Goliath
Other Medieval illustrations of the Murder of Thomas Becket
Other 13th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers