Posted on 16 September 2011.
In Medieval Times knights would weir helmets into battle to protect their heads from oncoming blows.
The closed helmet covers the entire head and was seen mostly during the crusades. the closed helmet outdated the barbute in the 14th, or 15th Century. the closed helmet completely covered the head, and was usually seen with chainmail attached to the bottom of the helmet for further protection of the neck. the helmet normally had holes made on the front of the helmet while still being smelted, and as well as additional holes were made on the lower front of the helmet for breathing through the mouth. In 1120, the Order of the Temple adopted the closed helmet as one of the basic pieces of armor for the Knights Templar of the faction. -Wikipedia
Knights would also dawn a breastplate, weighing approximately 50 pounds. Although many of the breast plates were brutal pieces of brass put together, some breastplates designed for Kings were intricately designed.
A breastplate is a device worn over the torso to protect it from injury, as an item of religious significance, or as an item of status. a breastplate is sometimes worn by mythological beings as a distinctive item of clothing. -Wikipedia
Designed to be held in hand, the shield was made to protect blows that couldn’t be reached by the sword. So far, the heaviest medieval sword found was 22 pounds. Shields could be anything from a shrewd pieces of wood to yet another piece of brass.
A shield is a type of personal armor, meant to intercept attacks, either by stopping projectiles such as arrows or redirecting a blow from a sword, mace or battle axe to the side of the shield-bearer.
Shields vary greatly in size, ranging from large panels that protect the user’s entire body to small models (such as the buckler) that were intended for hand-to-hand-combat use. Shields also vary a great deal in thickness; whereas some shields were made of relatively deep, absorbent, wooden planking to protect soldiers from the impact of spears and crossbow bolts, others were thinner and lighter and designed mainly for deflecting blade strikes.
In prehistory and during the era of the earliest civilizations, shields were made of wood, animal hide, woven reeds or wicker. In classical antiquity, the Migration Period and the Middle Ages, they were normally constructed of poplar, lime or another split-resistant timber—covered in some instances with leather and/or reinforced with a metal boss, rim or banding—and carried by foot soldiers, knights and cavalry.
Shape wise, depending on time and place, shields could be round, oval, square, rectangular, triangular or scalloped. sometimes they took on the form of kites, flatirons or figures-of-eight, or had rounded tops on a rectangular base with perhaps an eyehole inserted. the shield was held by a central grip or by straps which went over or around the user’s arm
Often shields were decorated with a painted pattern or an animal representation and these designs developed into systematized heraldic devices during high-medieval times for purposes of battlefield identification. Even after the introduction of gunpowder and firearms to the battlefield, shields continued to be used by certain groups. In the 18th century, for example, Scottish Highland fighters liked to wield small shields (known as a targe), and as late as the 19th century, some non-industrialized peoples employed them (such as Zulu warriors) when waging war.
In the 20th and 21st century, shields have been used by military and police units that specialize in anti-terrorist actions, hostage rescue, riot control and siege-breaking. the modern term usually refers to a device that is held in the hand or attached to the arm, as opposed to an armored suit or a bullet-proof vest. -Wikipedia
these plain looking shoes did more than meets the eyes. having leather soles these shoes protected soldiers from the enemy of the land as much as the enemy.
Without a sword a knight could very well have been slaughtered because he had nothing to protect himself with.
A sword is a bladed weapon (edged weapon) used primarily for cutting or thrusting. the precise definition of the term varies with the historical epoch or the geographical region under consideration. In the most narrow sense, a sword consists of a blade with two edges, a hilt, and a crossguard. but in some cases the term may also refer to weapons without crossguard, or with only a single edge (backsword).
The basic principles of swordsmanship have remained fairly constant through the centuries, but the actual techniques vary among cultures and periods as a result of the differences in blade design and purpose. the names given to many swords in mythology, literature, and history reflect the high prestige of the weapon and the wealth of the owner. As the sword has historically been a weapon of high prestige, it has become symbolic of warfare or state power. -Wikipedia
Some fun Medieval Fiction books you might enjoy:
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren
Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren