Effigy of William Longespée, Earl of Salisbury (d.1226), in Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, England, c.1230-40

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Source: The Medieval Combat Society
Referenced on p71, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle
173 Effigy of William Longspée, Wiltshire, c.1230-40
(in situ Cathedral, Salisbury, England)

The effigy of William Longspée is one of the earliest datable monumental effigies in England. Its military equipment is correspondingly simple, consisting of mail chausses tightened below the knees with small straps, a mail hauberk with mittens, and a mail coif worn over a substantially-padded arming cap. The coif may have a line up the left side indicating a ventail and it certainly has a tightening strap or lace around the brows. The shield is of the large, early form, and the sword hangs from a belt.


A Man-at-arms c.1250 in Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300 by Ian Heath



See also:
English soldiers & hunters in the Rochester Bestiary c.1230
Statues on Wells Cathedral, England, c.1230-40
A knight in Summa de vitiis et virtutibus by Willelmus Peraldus, British Library Harley MS 3244, England, c. 1236
Effigy of Robert de Roos (d.1227), in Temple Church, London, England, late 13th/early 14th centuries
Other 13th century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers