15th century nobles fighting equipment
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A noble would typically wear the best armour he could afford
This guide leans heavily towards an English depiction.
- dagger or knife - bollock or rondel types were common.
- sword - arming swords and falchions combined with a buckler were popular as secondary weapons and a heavily armoured men at arms might have a longsword.
- pole axe - a multi-purpose pole axe instead of using a shield.
- various other weapons (maces etc) depending on the personal taste of the noble. Maces were particularly useful for incapacitating an opponent, and enabling their capture for ransom.
- 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).
- 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.
- hose - joined, wool hose of one colour.
- shirt - linen
- arming doublet - of wool or fustian. mail voiders would be attached to the doublet to protect areas not covered by the rest of the armour.
- turnshoes - typically ankle boots, possibly longer. He might wear long, riding boots with spurs.
- 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