Insights from Historical Artwork

Battle scene from the 1200’s. Note the unique cross guards on the swords and the arm and hand positions of the strikes. Note the small size of their shields, not yet as common for mounted knights of this period. A head in a mail coif is once more shown penetrated by single-hand sword blow from on horseback. While depending upon the quality of armor and the sword, such results are plausible and possible, but the validity of the depiction is indeterminate at present. Note also the unusual large-nosed head in what is apparently either an unfinished part of the drawing or a plain arming cap.

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