The Chest of Courtrai - Picture 4

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Line-up of the town militias. To the left a priest is giving absolution to a man-at-arms, wearing the typical protective clothing consisting of a skullcap and a mail coif. In rare cases a mail hauberk was worn (these were very expensive) over a thickly padded gambeson. Most of the men wear gloves with mail on them. All are wearing a jupon with a uniform colour configuration according to what town or guild they belong to. The range of arms comprises pikes, goedendags (a heavy wooden pole with an iron reinforcement ring and a central pin on top), swords and falchions.

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Copyright on text, images and photos by Joris de Sutter, unless noted otherwise.
The photo of the chest comes from "De Slag der Gulden Sporen", J.-F. Verbruggen.
Copyright on the photo of the Chest by New College Oxford (??)
This information is provided by De Liebaart and was last updated on September 30th 2002.