Monday 8 April 2013

A knight's equipment 1141

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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Book Description

28 April 2013 Bretwalda Battles No 4
A book dedicated to the Siege of Lincoln that marked a turning point in the Wars of Anarchy during the reign of King Stephen. A civil war between King Stephen and his rival Empress Matilda broke out in 1136. By 1141 England had fallen in to near anarchy with nobles using the unrest to pursue local feuds, slaughter rivals and pillage each other's land. In 1141 Stephen moved to capture Lincoln Castle and put down one such recalcitrant nobleman. While there he was surprised and attacked by a larger army led by Matilda. The ensuing battle was complex and confused, but it ended with Stephen utterly defeated - for now. This book follows the standard pattern set by others in the Bretwalda Battles series. The reasons for and course of the war in question are outlined, then detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies are given with particular reference to this battle. The course of the battleis then followed, with comment on what there is to see at the site today. Short biographies of the commanders are also given. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described. The "Bretwalda Battles" series has been running with increasing success as ebooks for some time. Now the first books in the series are being published in print format.

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