John Borland looks at the various images of armed nobles and battle scenes on Pictish sculpture to see what they can tell us about the Picts’ warrior society.
From the Annals of Ulster to the writing of Bede, the historical record tells us that the Picts waged war with the Scots, the Britons, the Angles, the Norse and often among themselves. Images of armed Pictish nobles adorn many sculptured stones and although they relate more often to the pursuit of hunting, they give a good indication of what a Pictish warrior looked like. Other sculptures depict hand-to-hand combat, armies on the move and a few actually depict battle.
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