Centaur

Cormac's Chapel, Cashel, Ireland, 12th century



Source: p27, ELI 009, The Normans by David Nicolle
'Centaur' bowman wearing a conical nasal helmet: late 12th century tympanum showing Norman influence, in situ Cormac's Chapel, Cashel, Ireland.

Referenced on p103, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle
255 'Centaur', relief carving, Ireland, 12th century (in situ Cormac's Chapel, Cashel, Ireland)
The centaur is shown using an accurately represented simple bow with the kind of barbed arrow widely used in warfare by Western European warriors. He also wears a conical helmet with a slightly forward-angled crown and a substantial nasal. This may be taken as evidence for the spread of normal Western European military technology into the previously somewhat isolated world of Gaelic Irish arms and armour.



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