Medieval Armor and Shields - Suits of Armor
Medieval armor included the famous Suit of Armor worn by the warlike knights of the Middle Ages. The Suit of Armor provided essential body protection from the various weapons which were used in battle. The Parts of a Suit of Armor were a complex series of garments, chain mail and iron plate. Read about the parts of a suit of armor including the leg armor, feet armor, arms, head armor, neck armor and body armor.
Medieval Armor - Chain Mail and Chain Mail clothing
Medieval Chain Mail was a flexible armor which was made from interlinked metal rings. Making Medieval Chain Mail armor involved the linking of iron or steel rings, the ends of which were either pressed together, welded or riveted. Each piece of Chain Mail Clothing was fashioned specifically for whichever part of the body it was intended to protect. Shirts made of Chain Mail Clothing weighed up to 25 kilograms, depending on the size and the number of Chain Mail Clothing garments worn.
Medieval Swords Training
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons including swords and armor and understanding the strategy of Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in the life of the times. The training required by a Knight to use Swords and armor efficiently was extremely time consuming - it was necessary for knights to become expert swordsmen. Special places were assigned for the Swords and armor training called the Pell. Pell training allowed knights to practise various vicious strokes and manoeuvres with their swords such as thrusting, cutting, and slicing without imposing an injury on his opponent.
Decoration of Medieval Swords
A sword also held great symbolic importance and featured strongly in the formal Ceremony of Knighthood. This symbolic meaning was even illustrated in the sword's design as the cross guard (quillion), formed across the handle of the sword, resembled a Christian cross. Giving a Knight the 'Right' to use the sword in defence of the Christian religion. Swords also featured some form of engraving. The engravings on Medieval Swords might include the sword owner's name and words from a prayer. Engravings might also be purely decorative and embellished with the inclusion of precious jewels.