Weapons that made Britain – Armour
Mike Loades is an expert medieval weapons fighter and goes back in time to show us a set of weapons used in medieval Britain which were of great significance in waging wars and gaining victory, ultimately forging the future we live in today. How does one fight with these weapons? How were they used? What did they mean to the people who used them? All these questions will be answered in Weapons that made Britain.
Already during the middle ages, there was an arms race with weapons and armour constantly competing against each other. Both technologies developed at a fast pace, increasing armour piercing properties for the weapons. In the early stages of the middle ages, chain mail was the standard armour of knights, as it was the perfect defense against slashing weapons. Yet as arrows became more powerful they rendered chain mail obsolete as armourers struggled to find a solution to keep the knights safe from incoming missiles and other piercing weapons such as spears. Then, technological ingenuity brought about full plate armour, which was powerful enough to withstand the strongest shot from a bow. This changed the face of the battlefield completely.
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