The Knight's Armor
Suits of Armor are more than just metal suits! They evoke a certain medieval feeling - a romantic heroism. And suits of armor were made for function and also for visual effect. These suits evolved and changed dramatically over the centuries of the middle ages.
When You think of Medieval Armor you are probably thinking about Platemail. This is the armor shown by the knight in the picture at the top of this page. This platemail was not instantly available to knights of the middle ages. It was the culmination of metalworking arts and blacksmiths knowldge and skill over a period of several centuries. The full suit of armor came from the development of individual pieces over these centuries. Eventually all these pieces were put together into one complete set.
The Major Parts of A Knight's Medieval Armor:
Armor changed dramatically over the centuries
The making of armor was an ever changing art and craft. There were many things that affected how it was made including the skill of the armorer and the technology and tools that were available at the time. And it varied from country to country and even from city to city. The major time period for the creation and use of armor was from the 11th century to the 15th century. And it is important to realize that what we think of as suits of armor were something that only came about toward the end of this period. Up until that point armor was only partial. I have an article with pictures that shows the development of armor over this time period. Medieval Armor over the Centuries and how it changed
Here are some pictures and links to typical Knight Armor that you can own.
Milanese Gauntlets Made to protect the hands, Produced in Italy throughout the 15th century, armour of this type incorporates large and smooth glancing surfaces in its construction, the theory being that these rounded surfaces would help to deflect an opponent's weapon. The embossed ridges and fluting that typify armour of the Gothic style are generally absent in Milanese style armour, but that does not change the functionality of this high quality armour.
In this particular picture you can see the chest piece and the coif (Which is the part of the chainmail that protects the head and neck).