Articles: Historical armor

Armour Was Not Only for Noble Knights

Most people will associate armour with elegant, noble knights. But the truth is, armour, helmets and shields were used mainly in battles and fights. Both chainmail armour and plate armour were an important part of a fighter's protection against fatal injuries. But not just knights were wearing armour in battles. Their horses were equipped with horse armour. Learn more about armour in this section. 

Medieval Plate Armour Makers: Forgotten Craft, or an Opportunity?
Medieval Plate Armour Makers: Forgotten Craft, or an Opportunity?
Historical armor

It would seem that the golden age of the makers of plate armour has ended with the emergence of firearms. However, the craft has not completely disappeared. What changes has armour making process undergone since the earliest times? Why are people…

Chainmail Armour - Luxury for Knights and the Rich
Chainmail Armour - Luxury for Knights and the Rich
Historical armor
Chainmail armour is an impressive piece of craftsmanship designed for warriors, providing a high level of protection against all sorts of weapons. Explore the secrets of the manufacturing process of chainmail armour, and find out why it became a…
The Evolution of Chainmail Armour
The Evolution of Chainmail Armour
Historical armor
Chainmail armour, or ring armour, was the most widespread and longest-used type of armour throughout history. From Antiquity to the Early Modern Period (or even longer in certain regions), ring armour was widely used by warriors throughout Europe,…
Armour of the Eastern warriors
Armour of the Eastern warriors
Historical armor
Are you curious about the types of armour used by Muslim rivals of Christian knights or Russian boyars? Do you want to know what Arab and Oriental armour looked like? Read on to find out!
Historical Medieval Battles - the Violent World of Combat
Historical Medieval Battles - the Violent World of Combat
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Historical Medieval Battles (HMB) are not to be confused with historical battle reenactments, where everything is staged and “faked”. In HMB, hits and blows may be aimed and landed at any parts of the body without much restraint. They are real…
European Plate Armour from the Renaissance to the Baroque
European Plate Armour from the Renaissance to the Baroque
Historical armor
Learn more about the armour that protected fearless knights across different eras in history - from Renaissance to the Baroque, and find out which countries were their leading manufacturers and innovators! Armour evolved over time and, at a certain…
Historical Evolution of Armour from Antiquity to the High Middle Ages
Historical Evolution of Armour from Antiquity to the High Middle Ages
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Are you interested in how armour evolved throughout the ages? Read our article to find out what protective clothing and materials our ancestors wore to battles. Learn which type of armour offered the most effective protection against weapons in…
A Robust Shield Can Deflect the Strongest Blows and Protect Your Life
A Robust Shield Can Deflect the Strongest Blows and Protect Your Life
Historical armor
Brave knights, to arms! Helmet, armour, iron gloves, sharp sword... got everything you need? Not quite. Without a robust shield, you can't deflect powerful blows nor flying arrows. Whether you've pledged your allegiance to Julius Caesar, King Arthur…
Chastity Belt Was Meant for Protection, but it Became a Tool for Torture
Chastity Belt Was Meant for Protection, but it Became a Tool for Torture
Historical armor
An uncomfortable piece of metal which kept women awake at night. It was a tool protect them from the external danger as well as an anti-temptation device. Mentioning the chastity belt today makes most people giggle nervously or look away. However,…
Lorica segmentata
Lorica segmentata
Historical armor
Roman soldiers of the imperial era were known for wearing protective armours which consisted of several steel segments fastened usually with leather straps and therefore they called it Lorica segmentata – segmented cuirass. Provided excellent…
Development of European Arms and Armor
Development of European Arms and Armor
Historical armor
Educational charts of arms and armor, prepared by Bashford Dean, ill. by S.J. Rowland and Hashime Murayama. European armor, helmets, breastplates, gauntlets, shields, swords, pole arms, spurs, crossbows and bows and guns - the development of their…
Medieval Shields
Medieval Shields
Historical armor
Before the firearms widely spread on the battlefields and revolutionized the world of warfare, the shields made from various materials such as wood or wicker (sometimes iron) had been serving well to their owners for long centuries. The combatants…
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