Arms and Armor by Frederick Wilkinson

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Links splitting and being pushed into the skin, resulting in a wound. The only easy way of strength- possibly mortal septic ening the mail was to use thicker rings, but this rendered the mail less flexible. However, despite these significant drawbacks, mail was to remain a common form of defense until the late seventeenth century. Mail and scale defenses were often combined and during the eleventh and twelfth centuries extended to cover nnost of the body. , Helmets Norman helmets were necessary 'frills' delightfully functional, lacking and designed to afford maximum all un- protection.

From a belt hung the scabbard, the fitting of which was so designed as to make the sword hang at an angle. Sword-belts were elaborately laced to ensure that the sword hung at a comfortable angle. 48 There was an increasing use of extra reinforcing plates at knees, elbows, and the throat, although mail still predominated. The head was protected by a coif which often covered a metal skull-cap and over all went a kettle hat or great helm. Heraldry was well established, arms were displayed on ailettes, and surcoats.

Some knights adopted a tight-fitting tunic on which was embroidered and some had the tunic padded as well, their coat-of-arms, so that it afforded a extra protection. an increase little There was decorative in and an elaborate, fashions, jeweled belt began to be worn fastened Toward the across hips. the end of the cen- tury the sword and dagger were attached to this belt, probably with small hooks. Some of the nobles had their armor decorated with engravings or edgings of gold silver, and brass.

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