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Can you move in armour? An Experiment in Mythbusting

In this video we have recreated the deeds of the famous knight Jean le Maingre, known as Boucicaut, which were put in writing in the early 15th century.

Celebrating Agincourt 600 at the Wallace Collection

This week, historians around the world are gearing up to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, one of the most significant battles of the Hundred Year’s War.

Lost in the Mail

Recently, I picked up a new hobby in this vein: making chain mail.

Arms and Armor: A Farewell to Persistant Myths and Misconceptions

But the image remains—the knight in shining armor, gleaming, protected, hidden, isolated behind helm; yet gallant, courtly, protector of the weak, of maidens, of orphans, widows; dedicated to God, devoted to the distant lady, never turning back from the challenge of a joust, brave and gentle, proud and courteous, forever riding off in search for adventure, in quest of Holy Grail or holy war.

The Evolutions of Arms and Armors during the Crusades: 1095 – 1291 C.E.

The Crusades were a major turning point in history which evoked a rapid evolution of arms and armors that persisted throughout the middle ages.

Limitations imposed by wearing armour on Medieval soldiers’ locomotor performance

Our findings can predict age-associated decline in Medieval soldiers’ physical performance, and have potential implications in understanding the outcomes of past European military battles.

Armourers and their workshops: The tools and techniques of late medieval armour production

Armour represents one of the most recognised and enduring monuments of the Middle Ages, but its fabrication as a craft-product remain obscure.

How Shall a Man Be Armed? Evolution of Armor during the Hundred Years War

Special presentation at the 2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies

English Longbow Testing against various armor circa 1400

The purpose of this research is to determine the effect various medieval arrows have on various medieval armour types. The time period that I tested is around 1400, the time of the English longbow.

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Viking Age Arms and Armor Originating in the Frankish Kingdom

In the examination of material remains, illustrations, and capitularies, the reason why Carolingian arms and armor were prized amongst the Viking nations can be ascertained and evidence found as to how the Vikings came to possess such valued items.

Some Aspects of the Metallurgy and Production of European Armor

Some Aspects of the Metallurgy and Production of European Armor By Craig Johnson Armored Proceedings Symposium (1999) Introduction: The metallurgical study of armour and weapons has taken some major steps forward in the last ten to twenty years. This information has been published in several journals and reports but in a fairly dispersed manner which is […]

The Coppergate Helmet

The Coppergate Helmet By Dominic Tweddle Förnvännen, Vol. 78 (1983) Abstract: A helmet was discovered in 1982 during building works at Coppergate, York. The cap of the helmet is composed of eight individual pieces rivetted together. There are two hinged cheek pieces with brass edge bindings, and the neck was protected by a curtain of […]

The manufacture of chain-mail

The Romans adopted shirts of mail and they were subsequently used throughout the Middle Ages most often in the 12th and 13th centuries but small pieces of mail were used right up until the 17th century as a part of armor.

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