Chainmail: Tidbits about Iron-linked Clothing
Facts About Chainmail
- A type of armour made of small metal rings linked together to form a mesh.
- It provided some defense against slashing blows by an edged weapon. A good sword blow in a perpendicular angle could cut through the links. In battling someone wearing chainmail, the goal was to get around the armour rather than through it.
- Flexible to wear and allowed ease of movement.
- Easy to make, easy and fast to repair.
History of Chainmail
- This type of armour first appeared after 300 BC and the invention was credited to the Celts.
- It was commonly worn on battlefields during the Iron Age (1200-200 BC) and the Middle Ages (500-1300 AD)
- It was the primary armour for the average solider until the 14th century.
- Shirts of mail (hauberks or byrnies) were worn from the 1320s. They had flared sleeves to the middle of the forearms and reached past the wearer’s knees. Some had sleeves that extended to form mittens for the hands.
Garments Made From Chainmail
- Hauberk: A knee-length shirt
- Haubergeon: A waist-length shirt
- Chaussses and Sabatons: Socks
- Coif: A hood to protect the head
- Camail: Collar which hung from the helmet
- Mitrons: Mittens worn to protect the hands
An Introduction to Chainmaille: http://www.medievaltymes.com/courtyard/chainmaille_history.htm
All Things Medieval: http://medieval.stormthecastle.com/armorypages/chainmail.htm