Lost tomb, probably of Count William of Flanders,
from the Church of Saint Bertin, Saint Omer, Flanders, c.1130-75

An extract from pages 27 & 364, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle.
21   Lost tomb, probably of Count William of Flanders, from Church of St Bertin, St Omer, Flanders, c.1130-75
(from 19th-century drawing, after Nowe)

The disappearance of this tomb must rank with the destruction of some of London's Temple Church effigies as a serious loss for the study of medieval arms and armour. It appears to have portrayed a warrior with a tall, round and rather Germanic helmet having a fixed face-mask. This latter did not, however, cover all the face. Instead it consisted of a nasal with cheek-pieces on either side to frame the eyes. Otherwise the man was equipped in standard fashion with a long-sleeved mail hauberk, mail chausses, a long and surely inaccurately slender sword and a large, flat-topped kite-shaped shield.



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