A report on Knight and Tabard

A 14th century depiction of the 13th century German knight Hartmann von Aue, from the Codex Manesse.
A 20th-century English herald's tabard
A Norman knight slaying Harold Godwinson (Bayeux tapestry, c. 1070). The rank of knight developed in the 12th century from the mounted warriors of the 10th and 11th centuries.
The Waterseller of Seville by Diego Velázquez, c.1620, depicting a functional workman's tabard
The battle between the Turks and Christian knights during the Ottoman wars in Europe
Thomas Hawley, Clarenceux King of Arms, depicted in his tabard on a grant of arms of 1556
David I of Scotland knighting a squire
Gelre Herald to the Duke of Guelders, c.1380
The miles Christianus allegory (mid-13th century), showing a knight armed with virtues and facing the vices in mortal combat. The parts of his armour are identified with Christian virtues, thus correlating essential military equipment with the religious values of chivalry: 
The helmet is spes futuri gaudii (hope of future bliss), the shield (here the shield of the Trinity) is fides (faith), the armour is caritas (charity), the lance is perseverantia (perseverance), the sword is verbum Dei (the word of God), the banner is regni celestis desiderium (desire for the kingdom of heaven), the horse is bona voluntas (good will), the saddle is Christiana religio (Christian religion), the saddlecloth is humilitas (humility), the reins are discretio (discretion), the spurs are disciplina (discipline), the stirrups are propositum boni operis (proposition of good work), and the horse's four hooves are delectatio, consensus, bonum opus, consuetudo (delight, consent, good work, and exercise).
James I, King of Scotland 1406–1437, and his wife Joan Beaufort
Tournament from the Codex Manesse, depicting the mêlée
Tabards displaying quartered coats of arms on front and sleeves: the Denys brass of 1505, Olveston, Gloucestershire
Elements of a harness of the late style of Gothic plate armour that was a popular style in the mid 15th to early 16th century (depiction made in the 18th century)
Heraldic tabards worn at the funeral of Albert VII, Archduke of Austria, in Brussels in 1622
Page from King René's Tournament Book (BnF Ms Fr 2695)
A pursuivant wearing his tabard "athwart". A drawing by Peter Lely from the 1660s.
The Battle of Pavia in 1525. Landsknecht mercenaries with arquebus.
St John the Baptist Wearing the Red Tabard of the Order of St John (1671) by Mattia Preti
Fortified house – a family seat of a knight (Schloss Hart by the Harter Graben near Kindberg, Austria)
Peter O'Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant, photographed in 2006
The Battle of Grunwald between Poland-Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights in 1410
A modern protective tabard worn by a bakery worker
Pippo Spano, the member of the Order of the Dragon
Orange high-visibility tabards worn by competitive motorcyclists
The English fighting the French knights at the Battle of Crécy in 1346
Miniature from Jean Froissart Chronicles depicting the Battle of Montiel (Castilian Civil War, in the Hundred Years' War)
A modern artistic rendition of a chevalière of the Late Middle Ages.
A battle of the Reconquista from the Cantigas de Santa Maria
The Battle of Pavia in 1525. Landsknecht mercenaries with arquebus.

By the second half of the 15th century, tabards, now open at the sides and so usually belted, were also being worn by knights in military contexts over their armour, and were usually emblazoned with their arms (though sometimes worn plain).

- Tabard

This sort of coat also evolved to be tabards, waffenrocks and other garments with the arms of the wearer sewn into it.

- Knight
A 14th century depiction of the 13th century German knight Hartmann von Aue, from the Codex Manesse.

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