Templar armour – armor explained – head gear

Let’s do a head to foot tour of what a Templar knight would have worn as I notice from your Google searches that this is something many of you are interested in.  Here is a waxwork I encountered on my travels of a Templar knight on horseback.  This image, captured on my iPhone, is accurate to my knowledge.  In this post – I’m going to talk about the headwear of a Templar.

What can we see?  Starting with the headgear then.  He is holding what seems to be a so-called ‘sugarloaf’ medieval helmet.  A wrap around helmet protecting the entire head but with no visor.  This places it in the 1200s.

Prior to this, there would have been a more open helmet with a nose guard or triangular piece of metal protecting the face but leaving the sides of the head more exposed.  Covering his head is a ‘coif’ of chain mail.  This is like a metal balaclava that can be removed.

Again, this puts it slightly later in Templar history in the 1200s.  In the previous century, the head covering was part of one long piece of chain mail covering the head and trunk of the body and stretching down to the knees and was called a ‘hauberk’.

Later in the 1300s, we see ‘aventails’ depicted a lot more – these were a flap of chain mail attached to the helmet rim that extended across the chin and covered the neck, leaving just the face exposed.

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