Suits of Armor, A Knight’s Best Friend

By | March 11, 2019

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A knight in armor, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Source: (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Beginning in the 1400s, warriors devised a new way to keep them uninjured during battle—suits of armor. These mostly-metal protective garments not only kept the wearers safer in sword fights; they gave rise to the highly-romanticized images of knights that we have today. Let’s look at what suits of armor were really like for the medieval knight. 

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The Protection of Metal

Improvements in metallurgy in the Middle Ages contributed to the rise of suits of armor. Also called plate armor, the metal was the best way to protect the fighter from being slashed apart by a sword or pierced with a lance or pikes so pieces of metal were pounded flat and used to fashion a protective garment. The pieces of metal were held together by chains or leather straps.