Medieval Times Armor
By: Tiego Vazquez
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.
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.
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.