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Medieval Swords and Armor - History
The use of swords and wearing of medieval body armor was an effective means of protection in combat and war for centuries. Its use dates back to the Greeks and early roman empire where warriors and legionnaires donned metal plate and mail armor. The medieval era knights are most remembered for their elaborate Armor, and medieval battle shields in brilliant colors. But a knight's armor was more that protection. It reflected his status and lifestyle. The quality of the armor was as important and the overall look and the battle efficiency. Indeed it was a fashion statement also.
The evolution of chain mail and medieval Armour through the Maximilian era was a direct response to improvement in weaponry of the time. As weapons became more sophisticated, so did the thickness of the battle shields and the armour of the knight. Most had to not only be effective against swords attack but also flexible and agile.
The period of medieval plate armour runs from about the early 1300's to about the mid to late 1500's. During this medieval time period the evolution went from a few pieces of plate to entire suits of highly crafted works of art in metal. Prior to this time, chain mail was the most prevalent and effective type of body armament against attack from swords.
Chain mail weighed about the same as full body plate
style. The average weight was about 45 - 55 pounds. However, a well made suit of
plate armour was more comfortable to the wearer because it could be more evenly
distributed over their body. It was worn with padding and protective clothing to
further protect and insulate from the heat and cold. In the mid fourteen century
knights wore both type of body armour. During this time, it was difficult for
the warrior to get back up on if knocked down due the combined weight of the
plate and the maille. By the early fifteenth century, most all body armament was
plate as the designs and flexibility improved. A mid sixteenth century knight in
full plate armour was surprisingly agile due to proper fit on the wearer.
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