The gigantic warrior of Bosworth Field.

Gigantic warrior. Bosworth Field. Military Middle age. Weapons. Knight armour.

Armour from hall door

The gigantic warrior of Bosworth Field.

Armor from hall door of Abbotsford designed for a French knight.

The gigantic warrior of Bosworth Field.

THE description of this gabion given by Sir Walter Scott is so connected with the story of a companion suit of armour that we venture to give the passage referring to both. The cuirass represented in this drawing belongs to the second in order of description.
“The one was designed for a French knight, one of the gendarmes of the Middle Ages. He must have been a man considerably under the middle size, and the suit of armour exhibits one peculiarity which will be interesting to students of the learned Dr. Meyrick. The shield, which is very rarely the companion of the suit of armour, is not only present in this case, but secured in an unusual manner by nails, with large screw heads, instead of being hung round the neck, as was common during ‘a career,’ the hands being thus left free, the right to manage the lance, the left to hold the horse’s bridle. To complete this suit of armor a lance is placed in one hand exactly after the measure of one in Dr. Meyrick’s collection. In the other hand is a drawn sword, which is carved over with writing, and contrived so as to keep a record of the days of the Catholic saints. In a word, it is a calendar to direct the good knight’s devotions. The other suit of armour, which is also complete in all its parts, was said when it came into my possession to have belonged to a knight who took arms upon Richmond’s side at the field of Bosworth, and died, I think, of his wounds there. If one were disposed to give him a name, the size of his armour might suggest that he was Sir John Cheney, the biggest man of both armies on that memorable day. I venture to think for I feel myself gliding into the prosy style of an antiquarian, disposed in sailor phrase to spin a tough yarn I venture to think that the calendar placed in the hand of the little French knight originally belonged to the gigantic warrior of Bosworth Field. I imagine it was withdrawn for the purpose of supplying its place with a noble specimen of the sword of the Swiss mountaineers.” The cuirass measures 47 inch round the chest and 37 inch round the waist.

Note:  Roland at the Battle of Roncesvalles.


  1. Offensive and defensive armor and weapons.
  2. Abbotsford; the personal relics and antiquarian treasures of Sir Walter Scott.
  3. Armor in England from the 10th to the 18th century
  4. Life-size warrior figures in full armor and equipment.
  5. 16th Century – German armor art.
  6. The Knights of the Teutonic Order of Knighthood.
  7. The First Crusade. The Knights Hospitallers.
  8. The Crusades. The Knights Templar.
  9. The Crusaders in the 12th and 13 Century.
  10. Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece 16th century.
  11. German Renaissance Fashion in the 16th Century.
  12. German blackened steel armor. Renaissance weapons.
  13. Middle Ages fashion history in Germany. 11th to 13th century.
  14. Gallic and Gallo-Roman helmets of Celtic warriors.
  15. Clans in the Roman Empire. The shields of the Gauls.
  16. The Varangian Guard. Viking Chiefs 5th Century.
  17. Lansquenet. German renaissance military.
  18. Germany military in 1530. Renaissance Mercenaries.
  19. German mercenaries around 1620.
  20. German lansquenets during the thirty Years’ War.
  21. Knights tournament. Renaissance 16th century.
  22. Firearms and offensive weapons. Renaissance 16th century.
  23. 30 years war weapons. Helmet, gloves and a musketeer rifle.
  24. Iron Gloves, gauntlets of the 15th century.
  25. The Schaller. Helmet and neck cover from the 15th century.
  26. Mounted Knights. Heavy cavalry 16th century.
  27. Pictures and Royal Portraits illustrative of English and Scottish History.

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