THE ALMORADS – 12th TO EARLY 13th CENTURY
The Moroccan based Almorades empire had a profound impact on the military style of subsequent centuries. It also had a highly developed ceremonial, and may have been more acceptable to the Andalusians than the preceding Almoravids had been.
Almorad prince – early 13th century
This figure’s sword is a reconstruction of a decorated weapon from a cave in Gibralter. The fabric of his tunic is also based upon surviving examples; the weavers of andalus exported their textiles over a huge area.
Andalusian infantryman – late 12th century
This relatively light infantryman cheering his leader’s entry is equipped in a manner which was common in Islamic and Christian Iberia. The single edged weapon with its long wooden grip does, however, seem typical of Iberia. His tasselled shield is distinctly ‘Moorish’, as is his helmet with its integral fixed visor.
Almorad guard cavalryman – late 12th century
This elite trooper’s mail armour, helmet and sleeveless, quilted soft armour were seen in both Islamic and Christian parts of the Iberian peninsula. His banner is essentially the same as that captured at the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa.