by Kathryn Martinez
Armor in the Middle Ages was very expensive. Only full knights could afford a full suit of armor. Horses could also be outfitted with armor. But armor was not just a simple set of clothes, its very complicated. In fact, it took two men to dress a knight in his armor. See if you can identify each piece of armor.
Parts of a suit of armor:Helmet
Coat of Mail
Description of each piece:
Brassard = armor that protects the arm.
Coat of Mail = mesh or net made of small metal rings or links that was worn under the suite of armor. Also known as Chain Mail.
Cuirass = a breast plate from the neck to the waist.
Cuisse = a piece of steel that covered the thighs.
Elbow Piece = metal piece that covered the knee, but allowed it to bend.
Gauntlet = a glove.
Gorget = a collar of metal that protected the throat.
Greave = the piece of armor that covered the leg from the ankle to the knee.
Helmet = metal head covering.
Sabaton = the armor piece that covered the foot.
Shoulder Piece = metal that covered the shoulders.
Tasset = overlapping plates of metal that formed a short skirt around the hips
Visor = the moveable part of the helmet in front of the eyes.
Knights could also carry shields, swords, a mace, and other forms of Medieval weaponry.
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