Difference between revisions of "15th century nobles fighting equipment"

From Cunnan
Jump to navigationJump to search
m (fixing silly mistake)
Line 1: Line 1:
The typical '''equipment of a [[noble]]man in the [[15th century]]''' would vary depending on the wealth of the man. As a result there could be quite wide variations in the equipment worn.
+
The typical equipment of a [[noble]]man in the [[15th century]] would vary depending on the wealth of the man. As a result there could be quite wide variations in the equipment worn.
   
 
A noble would typically wear the best armour he could afford
 
A noble would typically wear the best armour he could afford
Line 9: Line 9:
 
* [[spear]]
 
* [[spear]]
 
* [[dagger]] or [[knife]] - bollock or [[rondel]] types were common.
 
* [[dagger]] or [[knife]] - bollock or [[rondel]] types were common.
* [[sword]] - [[arming sword]]s and [[falchion]]s combined with a [[buckler]] were popular as secondary weapons and a heavily armoured men at arms might have a [[longsword]].
+
* [[sword]] - [[arming sword]]s and [[falchion]]s combined with a [[buckler]] were popular as secondary weapons and [[longsword]]s were very common (often as a secondary weapon).
* [[pole axe]] - a multi-purpose pole axe instead of using a shield.
+
* [[pole axe]] - a multi-purpose pole axe instead of using a [[shield]].
 
* [[lance]]
 
* [[lance]]
 
* various other [[weapon]]s ([[mace]]s etc) depending on the personal taste of the noble. Maces were particularly useful for incapacitating an opponent, and enabling their capture for [[ransom]].
 
* various other [[weapon]]s ([[mace]]s etc) depending on the personal taste of the noble. Maces were particularly useful for incapacitating an opponent, and enabling their capture for [[ransom]].

Revision as of 21:11, 11 March 2006

The typical equipment of a nobleman in the 15th century would vary depending on the wealth of the man. As a result there could be quite wide variations in the equipment worn.

A noble would typically wear the best armour he could afford

This guide leans heavily towards an English depiction.

Equipment

Arms


Armour

  • helmet - basinet or sallet or other similar type. The basinet fell out of favour by the mid 15th century to be replaced by the sallet. A bevor would be worn in addition to the sallet or might wear an armet (later part of the century).
  • A pair of brigandines - typically only worn by a less wealthy noble but a wealthy noble might wear a brigandine when travelling in hostile territory in case of attack.
  • mail standard (standart) - mail collar to protect the neck
  • plate armour - sections of armour might also be worn attached to a brigandine even if the noble could not afford a full harness with breastplate. The sabatons might be omitted if the noble expected to fight on foot in "the English fashion".
  • mail skirt - to protect the groin. Internal link diameter approximately 5-6 mm and a wire thickness of approximately 1.2 to 1.6 mm and of round drawn wire. Entirely riveted.

Clothing

Modern Misconceptions

  • Incredibly heavy harness that required the noble to be winched onto his horse or not be able to regain their feet if they fell over
  • Tournament armour being worn into battle
  • Incredibly heavy swords
  • Two handed swords
  • Always taking people prisoner
  • Always honouring sanctuary taken in a church
  • Always being chivalrous on the battlefield