Chain mail shirt: 14th century
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Chain mail shirt: 14th century

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Chain mail was the main type of armour worn in battle from the Iron Age until the 1200s. It was normally riveted - each ring end was flattened and linked by a rivet. Chain mail was time-consuming and expensive to make, so most foot soldiers were equipped with only a padded leather jacket. By the 1300s two-handed axes, maces and swords were being made and greater body protection was needed. Plate armour began to be worn over the chain mail, and had replaced it by the early 1400s.


1366 AD - 1435 AD

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