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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.
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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
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* [[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]].
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* [[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.
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* [[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]].
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===[[Armour]]===
 
===[[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 [[gorget]] would be worn in addition to the sallet or might wear an [[armet]] (later part of the century).
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* [[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 [[brigandine]]s - 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.
 
* A pair of [[brigandine]]s - 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.
 
* [[maille|mail]] [[standard]] (standart) - mail collar to protect the neck
 
* [[maille|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"''.
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* [[harness|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 [[sabaton]]s might be omitted if the noble expected to fight on foot in ''"the English fashion"''.
 
* [[maille|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.
 
* [[maille|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]]===
 
===[[Clothing]]===
 
* [[hose]] - joined, [[wool]] hose of one colour.
 
* [[hose]] - joined, [[wool]] hose of one colour.
 
* [[arming doublet]] - of [[wool]] or [[fustian]]. [[Maille|Mail]] [[voider]]s would be attached to the doublet to protect areas not covered by the rest of the armour.
* [[shirt]] - [[linen]]
 
* [[arming doublet]] - of [[wool]] or [[fustian]]. [[Maille|mail]] [[voider]]s would be attached to the doublet to protect areas not covered by the rest of the armour.
 
 
* turn[[shoes]] - typically ankle [[boot]]s, possibly longer. He might wear long, riding boots with [[spur]]s.
 
* turn[[shoes]] - typically ankle [[boot]]s, possibly longer. He might wear long, riding boots with [[spur]]s.
   
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* Always being [[chivalry|chivalrous]] on the battlefield
 
* Always being [[chivalry|chivalrous]] on the battlefield
   
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==Internal Links==
[[category:fighting equipment]]
 
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''See also:''
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* [[15th century levy fighting equipment]]
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*[[15th century soldier fighting equipment]]
 
[[category:fighting kit]]
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[[category:15th century]]

Latest revision as of 22:02, 14 March 2007

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

Internal Links

See also: