I try out some gauntlets chained to the desk at the Royal Armouries.

Just as an array of fierce weapons is an exciting sight to behold, equal respect should be delivered to the ultimate death-stoppers worn by the smartest of fighters!

Here, we shall look at various forms of Medieval gear designed to not only turn mortal wounds into minor ones, but even turn devastating disembowelments into glancing blows.

Click here to pad out your knowledge with humble yet potent gambesons.
Click here to learn more about flexible yet sturdy chainmail armour.
Click here to learn about the mighty yet affordable brigandine armour
Click here to see the pinnacle of protection, the utterly iconic plate harnesses.