As this was a time of fervent crusading, many of these helms had as an extra protection (both physical and spiritual) a cross-shaped reinforcement on the face. This design can be found for example in a helmet in the German historical museum in Berlin, on an statue in the church of Santa Maria la Real in Olite, as well as in the illustrated manuscripts of the Codex Manesse, the Maziejowsky bible and the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Despite its legendary aesthetics and symbolism, the great crusader helm was not used on the battlefield for very long, as by 1350 it was slowly replaced by the bascinet. The great helm did stay in use, however, in the ever more popular sport of the joust where maximum protection was highly regarded.More information
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