Medieval Armor and Weapons [Pictures]

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The period referred to as the Middle Ages was extremely violent. The quest for wealth and power was driven by the violent culture of the European countries. Castles were built to act as power bases. Lands were subject to invasion. There was the need for a variety of Medieval Armor and Weapons. Lets have a look on Medieval Armor and Weapons.

Medieval Armor

Medieval armor (also known as ‘medieval armour’ in the old English) evolved throughout medieval history as new and more deadly medieval weapons were created. The earliest form of medieval armor was simply a long chain mail shirt, coif (chain mail hood), and chain mail leggings. As advancements in medieval armor were made, the simple protection became the standard medieval armor for infantrymen, archery men and squires.

Soon thereafter, medieval knights realized chain mail alone was insufficient protection. Plate armoring was the answer. This was not the “full suit” of medieval armor we typically envision when we think of a medieval knight, but rather sections of body armor tied to the chain mail. This plate armor included these basic pieces as shown in the photo below:

(A) Cuirass with Tassets (breastplate, backplate, thigh plate)
(B) Pauldrons (shoulder protection)
(C) Rerebrace, vambrace, couter (arm protection)
(D) Gauntlets (metal gloves)
(E) Chain Mail
(H) Helmet (slade with bevor)

Medieval Armor

Medieval Armor

Medieval Armor

Medieval Armor

Medieval Armor

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