I’ve blogged before on the armour worn by a Knight Templar but here’s a good summary of what a medieval knight would have worn – nice and straightforward!
Let’s pick apart a knight’s armor!
From head to toe there is:
The helmet (not shown in picture) – a round metal piece that fit to the head with a bar extending over the nose
The coif – a hood of chainmail (interconnected rings) that was worn beneath the helmet
The ventail -an added piece of mail that protected a knight’s chin and throat (can be worn as seen in the picture or completely covering the lower half of the face)
The hauberk – a long tunic of chainmail
The surcote/surcoat – a long, sleeveless, loose-fitting tunic worn over the hauberk that is often decorated (possibly with distinctive coat of arms)
The chausses – chainmail that covered the knight’s lower body (below the waist, legs, and feet)
The shield – short and triangular (material depended on wealth of knight: wood, metal) and usually bore the personal emblem of the warrior…
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