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Medieval armor was hot and heavy. Source: designprojects / Adobe Stock.

Wearing Medieval Knight’s Armor Could Be Fatal (Video)


Medieval armor, often depicted as a symbol of invincibility, had its share of drawbacks that made it more perilous than going unprotected. These metal suits, while impressive, posed several challenges to the warriors who wore them. Firstly, the scorching sun in the desert during the Crusades turned armor into ovens, baking soldiers inside. Some resorted to removing pieces, leaving them vulnerable. Others draped cloth over their armor to stave off the heat, but it added discomfort. Armor's coverage was not flawless either; clever foes exploited gaps near the neck, groin, and armpits. Wielded by less encumbered adversaries daggers found their mark in these vulnerable spots, leading to agonizing ends for those clad in heavy armor.

Furthermore, the advent of powerful longbows and cavalry charges posed significant threats. Arrows could penetrate armor at close range, and charging knights wielded lances designed to pierce through the protective layers. Helmets, while safeguarding heads, obstructed peripheral vision, making surprise attacks from behind common. Blunt weapons, like maces and hammers, exploited the armor's ability to dent and cave in, causing internal injuries. In the end, the widespread use of firearms rendered plate armor obsolete. Guns could easily penetrate, marking the end of an era.

Top image: Medieval armor was hot and heavy. Source: designprojects / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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