Splinted and plate limbs' protection of the XIV century

Splinted and plate limbs' protection of the XIV century 2018-05-18

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Splinted limbs’ protection was popular in Europe since XIII century. The main difference of splinted armour (from brigandine armour) was riveting of plates to few layers of thick linen to both inner and outer sides.

Gravestone of Günther von Schwarzburg (Saint Bartholomeus' Cathedral, Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, 1349 year) is the best known historical verification of such armour’s using. Rivet heads are seen between the pedimental plates. This, in particular, suggest the existance of plates from the inner side of upper arm protectionbracers and greaves.

Effigy of Burkhard von Steinberg (Germany Hildesheim Roemer Museum, 1397 year) - splinted bracers are visible.

Plate limbs' protection was being appeared from the middle of XIV century. Originally, it looked like a little-curved metal plates, that were covering shoulders and hips. But in time, due to armourers’ skills development, plate protection was getting more unbeatable, one-piece bracers and greaves were hammered out.

Similar type of armour you can see on the effigy of Henry II the Pious Duke (Franciscan Church of St Jacob, Wrocław, Lower Silesia, Poland, 1350 year):

Sir William de Aldeburgh (Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldborough, Yorkshire, England, 1360 year):

By choosing material, type ad thickness of metal in options of each item, you can make your only safe medieval set of splinted or plate protection!

Splinted and plate limbs' protection of the XIV century

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