The Baldishol Tapestry, 12th century


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Held by the Oslo Museum of Applied Art. From the Baldishol church in Hedmark, Norway.


Referenced on p.12 MAA - 396 - Medieval Scandinavian Armies (1): 1100-1300 by David Lindholm and Angus McBride
Embroidered tapestry from Baldishols church, Norway. Although the knight looks very similar to those in 11th or 12th century sources from elsewhere in Western Europe, this Scandinavian tapestry actually dates from the 13th century. (Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo)



An extract from Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle:
953The Baldishol Tapestry, Norway, late 12th century
(Museum of Applied Arts, Oslo, Norway)
The evidence of this tapestry seems to suggest that the military equipment of Norway remained old-fashioned and backward throughout most of the 12th century. This was only to be expected in a relatively poor and rather isolated country. A horseman is here shown in a conical helmet with a nasal and perhaps a forward-angled crown. The helmet may also be made in two pieces, directly riveted in the Eastern European tradition. He wears a long-sleeved mail hauberk and coif but lacks mittens and leg armour. His shield is also of the late 11th and early 12th-century round-topped, kite-shaped variety. A round shield with a boss may be seen from the side just in front of his horse.

A Scandinavian knight in Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300 by Ian Heath based on The Baldishol Tapestry



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