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Mediaeval Armour

I just found some videos on You Tube discussing how a mediaeval knight was armed and the differences between Gothic German armour and White Italian armour. They were both very interesting and you can see them here: How a Man Shall Be Armed: 15th Century and here: White Italian Armour VS German Gothic Armour

Photo Italian mediaeval armour c.1450

Italian armour circa 1450

Have a look and then post your opinion on the following:Which type of armour do you think Richard wore? I presume he would have had one or the other, since they were the best. He was known to have commissioned Italian armour for his knights, so I would plump for that – also which type would you prefer to wear and why?




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2 thoughts on “Mediaeval Armour

  1. viscountessw on said:

    I have to agree with you. If he chose Italian armour for his knights, then in all likelihood he thought it was the best and so wore it himself. Interesting post. I recall watching a knight (supposedly Anthony, Lord Rivers) being prepared during a medieval festival in Tewkesbury Abbey. It took AGES to complete. Until then I had no idea of the intricacies of it all. Astonishing. When you see films and dramas in which medieval men march around everywhere in their armour, you know it’s daft. If they had to go through all that just to get into it, I’m darned sure they only put it on when they had to!

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