Padded garments and Chainmail were used prior to the development of suits of Armor and subsequently worn in conjunction with the armor suits. A Suit of Armor was designed and developed to protect them from any new, and even more lethal, weapons that were introduced during the violent Medieval period.
Knight's Suit of Armor
The Medieval Knights suit of armor was extremely expensive to produce. A knights suit of armor had to be tailor-made to fit the knight exactly. Any incorrect sizing of a suit of armor would be extremely dangerous as it could hamper the knights ability to fight. The knights suit of armor was also a status symbol. The better quality of the suit of armor, the more important was the Knight. Plate Armour was first introduced during the late 13th century and Full Plate Armour was introduced during the 15th century weighing approximately 50 lbs. A knights suit of armor was strong enough to protect the knight, but light enough to allow quick movement on the battlefield. A Knights Suit of Armor was a complex series of garments, chain mail and iron plate.
Parts of a Suit of Armor
The Parts of a Suit of Armor were a complex series of garments, chain mail and iron plate. The pieces of a Suit of Armor covered the most vulnerable parts of a knight's body. The Parts of a Suit of Armor are best described by explaining the parts of the body which they covered.