Templar Knight on the Cressac Fresco

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A 12th century fresco from the Templars' chapel at Cressac-sur-Charente, France, showing a single knight charging on horseback with couched lance. Although the literature of the time took the skill for granted, effective handling of the lance on horseback in battle required daily practice.
From p78 Historical Atlas of the Crusades by Angus Konsta
(Picture: M. Debès. Hurault phot., reproduced from La Peinture murale en France: le haut moyen age et l'époque romane, by Paul Deschamps and Marc Thibout: Collection Arts et Historia, Éditions d'histoire et d'art, Librairie Plon, Paris 1951, p. 137, plate LXVII (1)).

Referenced on p166, God's Warriors, Knights Templar, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem by Helen Nicholson & David Nicolle:
A 12th-century fresco from the Templars' chapel at Cressac-sur-Charente, France, showing a single knight charging on horseback with couched lance. Although the literature of the time took the skill for granted, effective handling of the lance on horseback in battle required daily practice.

Templars in Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath, based on the Cressac Fresco
Crusader Knights on a Cressac Fresco



Other 12th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers