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  • A Medieval Knight’s Inner Protection: Chainmail

    Posted on November 8th, 2010 admin No comments

    History suggests that before the 5th century, chainmail armor (chainmaille) was invented by the ancient Celts. The word chainmail came from the French word "maille" which is derived from the Latin "macula" meaning "mesh of a net.”   The net being the small iron or steel rings welded together in a pattern. The most common pattern is the “four in one” which has for rings all linked to one main ring. Chainmail was used to make shirts, hoods as well as skirts and were usually worn as undergarments for additional protection under a suit of armor. The idea of chainmail had spread throughout the world. The ancient Romans started using chainmail after they had defeated the Celts, then it made its way to Europe, used by King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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