Armour in England

Armour in England

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"[...]horse appears in the effigy of Sir Robert de Shirland in Sheppey, and a fine figure of a steed completely clad in mail is among the figures of The Painted Chamber, published by the Society of Antiquaries. The English custom of fighting on foot, it is almost needless to add, had been adopted by the Danish and even the Norman settlers here, and during the civil wars of Henry I., Stephen, and Henry II., the leaders on both sides, including the kings in person, fought their battles dismounted, rendering horse-armour of relatively small importance. A permanent force was raised by a law of Henry II. in 1181, compelling every burgess or freeman to possess an iron headpiece, a lance, and either a mail hauberk or a gambeson, according to his means: and this[...]."
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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 7.11mm | 240.4g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507671032
  • 9781507671030