A 14th century illustration of costume & soldiers from the
Grandes Chroniques de France de Charles V
Great Chronicles of France of Charles V
Bibliothèque nationale de France MS Français 2813, France, c.1375-1380
folio 399bis, French army
Referenced on p18, Agincourt 1415: Triumph against the odds, by Matthew Bennett
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French infantrymen. This French manuscript shows the kinds of soldiers provided by the urban communities.
The equipment is varied: with basciets and pot helms, more mail than a man-at-arms was wearing in 1415, and shields.
The long shield on the left looks like a pavise, with a pointed base for holding it firm in the ground usually serving as protextion for crossbowmen.
Such shields were decorated with the coat of arms of the town.