Excerpt from Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages, Vol. 1
During the anglo-saxon period the common dress of the ecclesiastics does not appear to have differed much from that of the laity. The ceremonial robes resembled those of a later period, except that the mitre was ... not yet in use. The tonsure was received among the anglo-saxon clergy early, though not without considerable Opposition.
In the illuminations, the only addition to the dress of the warrior is his cap or hat, a kind of Phrygian bonnet, generally crested at the top. Perhaps the military tunic was made of thicker and less penetrable materials than that of the civil costume. Mail was probably only used by Chieftains. The arms were an oval or round convex shield, made of wood, covered with leather, with the umbo and rim of iron a sword; and a spear, or an axe. The heads of the Saxon battle-axes are frequently found in England, and have received from antiquaries the inaccurate name of celts. The Danes brought into more general use a double-bladed axe, which was long afterwards known by the name of the Danish axe. The bow does not appear to have been used with much effect among the anglo-saxons. It may also be observed that the Anglo Saxons always fought on foot.
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