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  • Body Armor for Medieval Knights

    Posted on April 28th, 2011 admin No comments

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    You’ve likely seen pictures depicting the body armor worn by knights during medieval times. They wore chain mail and plate metal armor. They also wore padded clothing as protection underneath. They needed all the protection they could get while in battle. However, the very best in body armor was the most expensive available–much like today. (Some things never change.) Outfitting yourself with armor for battle was costly for a knight. Thus, a knight of means had an advantage as he could more fully protect his body prior to battle. This definitely gave the knight the upper hand. Plate armor was constructed of large metal plates. Plate body armor was less flexible than chain mail, however, it guarded against both slashing blows as well as stabbing. It was practically invulnerable to swords altogether. The knight had far greater protection while battling it out. This certainly gave him a psychological edge as well.

    Chain mail is designed as hundreds of tiny metal rings hooked together to create a mesh-like covering for the knight. Knights did not refer to it as "chain mail." That term came into use much later. Knights referred to it as "mail." Chain mail was effective, but how effective depended upon the material used to construct it, how tightly woven it was, the thickness of the material and weave, and lastly the method used to hook or weave the metal rings together. Although chain mail was more flexible and provided some effective protection, it could be penetrated by a stabbing blow. Slashing blows were not much of a match, but a stabbing action could certainly penetrate the rings. As a result, many knights of means opted to don both plate armor and chain metal, thus effectively doubling their protection. Plate armor looks heavy, but it was surprisingly light. The reason is that the distribution of weight was spread evenly over one’s body. We’ve all seen the caricatures of knights having to be lifted onto their horses due to their plate armor, but that is a myth. In fact, even the plate armor worn for jousting–which was much heavier than battle armor–would not have required a knight to be lifted onto their horse. Jousting armor was heavier to avoid dying from an injury during a game. But it was not used during battle, when different skill sets were needed, including speed.

    Knights wore helmets, which were arguably one of the most important pieces of their ensemble. Knights worse differently designed helmets over the course of history. Depending on the time period, he might be wearing one design or another. For example, in the very early days, a knight’s helmet looked a bit like a cap. It had a piece of chain mail attached to it. But later on, helmets were made of plate armor. The face was protected by a visor, that was somewhat frightening to gaze upon. This may have also served as psychological edge. No knight was completely outfitted without his shield. Their shields were wooden underneath a piece of animal hide and rimmed with a piece of metal. This helped the knight to protect himself from incoming arrows, sword thrusts, and other weapons.

  • Update For New Medieval Merchandise and Promos

    Posted on March 3rd, 2011 admin No comments

    Well It is a new month and the Ren Fairs are storming the castles everywhere, Busy year for all of us so far, just got new inventory last week if you already haven’t noticed our two new additions to the Medieval Costumes & Gifts Family, the Arthurian Knight Helmet and the Norman Helmet with Chain mail. Both helmets are 18 gauge steel and feature brass accents, they would make a fine addition to your medieval collection or would simply look great on top of a mantel. So be sure to check those out!

    Also new month means new helmet of the month! SAVE 15% this month on a brand new Corinthian Helmet! Just use the promo Code "Helmet03" to receive your 15% off discount!

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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.

  • Medieval Armored Knight, Missing his Chainmail Pants

    Posted on July 9th, 2009 admin 1 comment

    Some of the customers from our sister site,, use our items for display or Renaissance purposes.  These guys (The Pantless Knights) entered a big wheel contest, geared towards children, sporting our gear! They have the spiked helmet, chainmail, breastplates and all! The only item they omitted from their costume is a pair of Chainmail Pants! Check out their acceptance speech here: Pantless Knights Video!


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