Knight: The Warrior and World of Chivalry (General Military) by Robert Jones

By Robert Jones

From a life-long scholar of the medieval lengthy sword and medieval heritage comes a accomplished review of the Age of the Knights. Jones exhibits that at the back of the preferred photo of the knight in shining armor lies an international that's either extra complicated and extra attention-grabbing. have been knights glory-seeking, bloodthirsty thugs that lay ravage to the Holy Land or basic Christians serving their king? Jones explores the myths and controversies at the back of their battle-effectiveness and chivalric code. He additionally examines knighthood as a "career direction" and investigates the function of the knight in legislations and justice. Lavishly illustrated and drawing on infrequent first-hand money owed, this ebook finds the realm of the knight in all its tarnished glory.

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At the same time the shape of the helmet itself changed, first becoming dome-like and then flattening off across the top. It still sat at brow level however, the back and sides of the head being protected only by the mail coif. It is always dangerous to speculate on the reasons behind such changes, especially in these early periods where we lack the detailed narratives that might offer an explanation, but it would seem likely that they were a response to the use of the couched lance in combat. The mask would offer better protection to the face whilst the flat-topped helmet might hide a greater amount of padding protecting the head from the shock of such blows, and might also make it less likely that a glancing blow would slide up the crown of the helm, pushing back the head, damaging the neck and tipping the warrior from the saddle.

It is very often difficult to interpret exactly what is being described by the writers. They share the illuminator's habit of incorporating exoticisms and anachronisms into their narrative, showing their scholarship and learning by making use of classical but anachronistic words and phrases, even on occasion lifting whole passages from classical texts as a representation of what a battle should be. Administrative records are equally tricky, and often no more helpful than the narratives. Often a bureaucratic shorthand is used, or different clerks might choose a different term for the same piece of armour at dilferent times.

Although the higher nobility and monarchs might have sufficient wealth to appear a la mode, for many knights and men-at-arms this would simply not have been possible, and they would have taken to the field in armour maybe 20 or 30 years behind the latest fashions. Individual pieces might be altered to match with the latest fashions; mail in particular would lend itself to being re-cut and re-tailored. A mail shirt, for example, might have its arms extended, mittens added or an integral coif fitted.

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