Malvern Abbey Effigy, 1225



Source: effigies and brasses
An unknown knight at Malvern Abbey, Worcestershire, England.
The pick/hammer and round shield may indicate that he was some form of professional champion in trial by combat.



Referenced on p72, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle
176 Effigy, Worcestershire, c.1225
(in situ Abbey, Malvern, England; after Stothard)

This extremely unusual effigy can be interpreted in at least two ways. A small round shield and double-headed war-hammer could indicate the influence of light infantry tactics along the Welsh border, or the man could have been a professional 'champion', as his peculiar weaponry was normally associated with trial-by-combat.

A knight of c.1250 in Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300 by Ian Heath, based on this Malvern Abbey Effigy.



13th century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers