This figure of a heavily armoured knight is based on the funerary monument of Sir Geoffrey de Magnaville, buried in the early 13th century. He is wearing what would have been the most modern and advanced style of armour available in the 1140s and so must be a rich and noble lord, perhaps one of the earls. This figure wears an iron helmet padded with leather over a mail coif. This type of helmet first appeared about 1140 and remained common for more than 80 years. The heraldic charge on his shield is repeated on the side of the helmet. The mail hauberk reaches to his knees and is slit front and back to allow him to sit astride his horse. His mail leggings reach from above the knee to the toes. His right arm would have been covered in mail to the wrist, with a mail gauntlet protecting his hand and fingers. The left arm, protected by the shield, lacked mail. The shield is attached to a strap to save it being dropped. His lance is not shown, but his long sword hangs from his belt.
from THE BATTLE OF LINCOLN by Rupert Matthews.
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