Illustrations depicting 9th Century Carolingian Soldiers from
Charles the Bald in the Vivian Bible


Click for details of the Carolingian soldiers to the sides of Charles the Bald in the Vivian Bible, BnF MS Latin 1, folio 423

Date: Between 845 and 851
Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Latin 1, folio 423, Présentation du livre Presentation of the Book.

The First Bible of Charles the Bald (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS lat. 1) is a lavishly illuminated 9th-century manuscript Bible commissioned by Count Vivien, the lay abbot of St. Martin at Tours, and presented to Charles the Bald in 846 on a visit to the church. It is also known as the Count Vivian Bible or the Vivian Bible. It is 495 mm by 345 mm and has 423 vellum folios.

This is also understood to be the third illuminated Bible to have been made at Tours following the Bamburgh and Grandval Moutier bibles.

The Vivian Bible made in 845-846 at Tours is now in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
From the same manuscript: King David, musicians and soldiers in the Vivian Bible, BnF MS Latin 1, folio 215v
The Conversion of Saint Paul in the Vivian Bible, BnF MS Latin 1, folio 386v



See also Carolingian Arms and Armor in the Ninth Century by Simon Coupland
Charles the Bald in the Saint Emmeram Gospels, Codex Aureus of St. Emmeram, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cod. lat. 1400 folio 5v, 870AD
Carolingian soldiers in The Golden Psalter of St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 22, c.883-888 and 890-900
Other Illustrations of 9th century Costume & Soldiers
10th Century German Soldiers from The Leiden I Maccabees manuscript, Codex Perizoni F 17