Medieval Times Armor

By: Tiego Vazquez

Medieval Armor

  • Medieval Armor started with padded garments and Chain mail which were used prior to the development of suits of Armor and then worn in conjunction with the suits of armour.

  • It was designed and developed as protection against any new and even lethal weapons that were introduced during the violent period.

Medieval KNight Armor

  • Most armor was extremely expensive to produce. It had to be tailor-made to fit the knight exactly. Any incorrect sizing would be extremely dangerous as it could hamper the knights ability to fight.

The knights armour was also a status symbol. The better quality of the Medieval Armor, the more important was the Knight.


  • Medieval Knight Armor was strong enough to protect the knight, but light enough to allow quick movement on the battlefield. A suit of armour Armor was a complex series of garments, chain mail and iron plate. Medieval Knight Armor provided essential body protection from the various weapons which were used in battle.

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Medieval Horse Armor

  • The Medieval Warhorse had a dense rounded body with a broad back, strong loins, powerful hind-quarters, and long legs with dense bones.

  • Medieval horse armor consisted of rigid pieces of plate armor made of both of leather and steel. Medieval Horse armor was called 'barding'. A Medieval Warhorse would have horse armor on the head, neck, body and chest. The rear of the horse would be covered with a padded cloth. Stirrups were added later.

Weight of Armor

  • Specialized jousting armour produced in the late 15th to 16th century was heavier, and could weigh as much as 100 pounds.

  • Jousting armor was not intended for free combat, it did not need to permit free movement, the only limiting factor being the maximum weight that could be carried by a warhorse of the period.

  • Most armor during the Middle Ages weighed up to 40 or 60 pounds.