Arming the man

Arming the man

Arming the knight

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In pictures: Arming the man

The modern technical name for a 'suit of armour' is just armour. In the Tudor and Stuart periods, it was called a harness. The term garniture was used to describe lots of pieces of armour which could be put together in different ways to create a harness. In the early Tudor period, real men wore skirts!


Upper body

Early harquebusiers armour of Charles Stuart 1638
Armour from the waist to the neck. 

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Royal headwear

Various parts that protected Kings' heads.

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In video: Arming the knight

See how a royal king gets dressed for the battlefield Watch our video »


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