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Medieval Armor Plate

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  • Mythrojan C55 XIV Century Mediev...
    Mythrojan C55 XIV Century Medieval Reenactment, SCA IMCF & HMB Splint Armour/Armor Dueling Splinted Upper Leg Guard Multicoloured
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    Mythrojan Medieval Splinted Plate Armor Carbon Steel Real Adult Size Set Viking Crusader Costume for Men Women | Battle Ready
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    Mythrojan C55 XIV Century Medieval Reenactment, SCA IMCF & HMB Splint Armour/Armor Dueling Splinted Lower Leg Guard Multicoloured
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    Mythrojan C55 XIV Century Medieval Reenactment, SCA IMCF & HMB Splint Armour/Armor Dueling Splinted Upper Arm Guard Multicoloured
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    Mythrojan XIV Century Medieval Reenactment, SCA IMCF & HMB Splint Armour/Armor Dueling Pauldron Multicoloured
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    Mythrojan C55 XIV Century Medieval Reenactment, SCA IMCF & HMB Splint Armour/Armor Dueling Knee Multicoloured
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    Mythrojan C55 XIV Century Medieval Reenactment, SCA IMCF & HMB Splint Armour/Armor Dueling Elbow Cops
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    Mythrojan Sturdy Full Grain Leather LAMELLAR Plates | Viking and Medieval Handmade Plate Ideal for Slavs Costume Warrior Vikings SCA LARP Cosplay - Brown
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    Mythrojan Sturdy Full Grain Leather LAMELLAR Plates | Viking and Medieval Handmade Plate Ideal for Slavs Costume Warrior Vikings SCA LARP Cosplay - Black
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    Mythrojan Medieval Viking D Plate Kids Lamellar Historical Armour - Natural Polished
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The Story Behind Medieval Plate Armor

Medieval plate armor, often referred to simply as medieval armor or medieval armour, is a hallmark of history that captures the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike. These formidable suits of armor, designed for the knights and warriors of the Middle Ages, offer a glimpse into a bygone era where valor and chivalry were the order of the day. This article covers the fascinating world of medieval plates, exploring their history, construction, and the modern-day interest in these remarkable artifacts.

A Brief History of Medieval Plate Armor

The evolution of medieval plate armor marks a significant period in military history. Initially, warriors of the early Middle Ages relied on chainmail for protection. However, as weaponry advanced, the need for more robust defensive gear became evident. By the 14th century, plate armor began to emerge, offering superior protection against increasingly lethal weaponry.

Medieval plate armor was designed to provide maximum defense while allowing for mobility. Knights clad in these suits were formidable on the battlefield, their armor capable of deflecting arrows and absorbing blows from swords and axes. The intricate design and craftsmanship of medieval plates reflected not only the technological advancements of the time but also the status and wealth of the wearer.

The Craftsmanship Behind Medieval Armor

Creating medieval plate armor was an art form that required exceptional skill and precision. Armorers, the craftsmen who specialized in making these protective suits, used a variety of techniques to shape and assemble the metal plates. Iron and later steel were the primary materials used, chosen for their strength and durability.

Each piece of medieval armor plate had to be meticulously crafted to fit the wearer perfectly. This involved measuring the knight's body and custom-fitting each plate to ensure both protection and comfort. The armor included various components such as the helmet, breastplate, gauntlets, greaves, and pauldrons. Each part was designed to interlock with the others, providing comprehensive coverage without sacrificing flexibility.

Types of Medieval Plate Armor

Medieval plate armor evolved over the centuries, with several distinct styles emerging. The most iconic is perhaps the full plate armor, which offered complete coverage from head to toe. This type of armor became prevalent during the 15th and 16th centuries, exemplifying the pinnacle of armor design.

Another notable style is the Gothic plate armor, characterized by its intricate designs and fluted surfaces. This armor, popular in the Germanic regions, combined functionality with aesthetic appeal, making it highly sought after by nobles and knights.

In addition to these, there were specialized types of plate armor designed for specific purposes. For instance, tournament armor was created for jousting events, offering extra protection to withstand the impact of lance blows.

The Modern Appeal of Medieval Armor

Today, the attraction of medieval plate armor extends far beyond historical interest. Collectors, reenactors, and enthusiasts seek these pieces for various reasons, including their historical significance, craftsmanship, and aesthetic appeal. For many, owning a piece of medieval armor is a tangible connection to the past, a way to experience history firsthand.

Modern reproductions of medieval armor are available for those who wish to own a piece of this history. These replicas are often crafted using traditional techniques and materials, ensuring authenticity and quality. Armor for sale medieval enthusiasts can find ranges from decorative pieces to fully functional suits suitable for mimicries and historical demonstrations.

Preservation and Display of Medieval Armor

Preserving medieval plate armor requires careful attention to prevent deterioration. These artifacts are susceptible to rust and corrosion, necessitating proper care and maintenance. Collectors often store their armor in climate-controlled environments and regularly clean and oil the metal surfaces to maintain their condition.

Museums around the world house extensive collections of medieval armor, offering the public a chance to view these historical pieces up close. Exhibits often provide context about the armor's use, its historical background, and the craftsmanship involved in its creation.

Medieval plate armor remains a symbol of the chivalric age, representing both the martial prowess and artistic skill of the Middle Ages. Whether viewed as historical artifacts, collector's items, or pieces of art, these suits of armor continue to captivate and inspire. For those interested in acquiring their own piece of history, the market for armor for sale medieval offers a range of options, ensuring that the legacy of medieval plate armor endures for generations to come.

The rich history and intricate craftsmanship of medieval plate armor make it a fascinating subject for anyone interested in the Middle Ages. Its enduring appeal is a testament to the skill of the armorers and the legacy of the knights who once donned these magnificent suits.