Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers from the bottom margins of the
Romance of Alexander
The legend of Alexander the Great
Flanders, 1338-44AD. Bodleian Library, Ms. Bod. 264, Oxford


Archers & Crossbowmen.

62v, lower margin. Archer hunting hares


88v, lower margin. Crossbowmen and archer


95r, left of lower margin. Crossbowmen hunting


156r, lower margin. Archers and Crossbowmen
The archers are referenced on p.8, French Armies of the Hundred Years War by David Nicolle
Archers with longbows in a Flemish manuscript of 1338-44; note the arrows carried in their belts. The bowmen of England were by no means the only ones to use longbows, but in most parts of western Europe archery was practised more for hunting than warfare. (Romance of Alexander, Bodleian Library, Ms. Bod. 264, Oxford)

(fols. 3r-208r) The Romance of Alexander in French verse, with miniatures illustrating legends of Alexander the Great and with marginal scenes of everyday life, by the Flemish illuminator Jehan de Grise and his workshop, 1338-44.
Source: Romance of Alexander, Bodleian Library, Ms. Bod. 264, Oxford

Spearmen in the margins of the 'Romance of Alexander', Flanders, 1338-44AD. Bodleian Library, Ms. Bod. 264, Oxford
Lance training, baggage, espringal & trebuchet in the margins of the 'Romance of Alexander', Flanders, 1338-44AD. Bodleian Library, Ms. Bod. 264, Oxford



See also an English Archer c.1330-50 in Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 1 by Ian Heath, based on the Romance of Alexander Bodleian Library, Ms. Bod. 264, Oxford
Other 14th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers