Illustration of the Joshua Roll

Cavalry Engagement


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Referenced on p5, MAA 89 Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Ian Heath & Angus McBride
Spirited cavalry engagement from the Joshua Roll, dating to the first half of the 10th century. The men wear hip-length corselets with pteruges at shoulder and waist, plus iron helmet and leather harness of breast-band and shoulder-pieces. Note also their large shields and kontaria. The officer figure at left sports an impressive helmet crest. (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome)



A 9th-10th century Byzantine Officer from Armies of the Dark Ages 600-1066 by Ian Heath, based on the Joshua Roll.
Illustrations of the Joshua Roll




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