Byrnie

From Cunnan
Jump to: navigation, search

A byrnie is a term to describe a mail armour that has short sleeves and approximately thigh or upper thigh length torso. The byrnie is generally regarded as shorter than the hauberk.

This type of armour was worn by Vikings and Saxons and their contemporaries before the 11th century.

Mail shirts of approximately the same torso length but longer sleeves appear to have been common with soldiers during the 14th and 15th century.