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 Armoury.Arms of England (The Royal). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Arms.
 
In the Bayeux tapestry, the Saxons fight on foot with javelin and battle-axe, and bear shields with the British characteristic of a boss in the centre. The men were moustached.   1
   The Normans are on horseback, with long shields and pennoned lances. The men are not only shaven, but most of them have a complete tonsure on the back of the head, whence the spies said to Harold, “There are more priests in the Norman army than men in Harold’s.”   2
 


 Armoury.Arms of England (The Royal). 

 
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