Medieval Armor Category

The Writer’s Guide to Medieval Armies

When you ask a reader for their favorite scene in a book it is often a battle. From the despair and deliverance of Helm’s Deep to the brutality of the Battle of the Blackwater to the desperation of the Battle of Hogwarts, nothing has quite the power of a battle to get our hearts pounding […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Shields

Today I will be covering some of the most common misconceptions of shields that I see in movies, TV shows, and books. Again, my focus is on medieval Europe since that is where most of my expertise is. If you want a guide to types of medieval shields, please visit my previous post here. As […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Types of Shields

The shield is almost as iconic as the sword when it comes to fiction and legend. Just like the sword, since it is not a commonly encountered item, most modern writers are lacking in accurate information. There is unfortunately a lot of misinformation presented as fact. Today we will be looking at types of shields. […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Brigandine Armor

This week is my fourth and final installment in my series on common medieval armor. As always, magic is the exception to the rules. Because magic. Writer’s Tip: Even though brigandine armor was common in medieval Europe it is rarely depicted in literary. Including “brig” into your book would be an interesting way to stand […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Plate Armor

This week is the third part in my series about common types of medieval armor. As in my previous posts, I will be pointing out misconceptions. As always, magic is the exception to the rules. Because magic. Introduction Plate is probably the most iconic type of armor from medieval Europe, conjuring up images of the […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Chainmail

This week is the second part in my series about common types of medieval armor. As in my first post, I will be pointing out misconceptions with each type. As always, magic is the exception to the rules. Because magic. Introduction Chainmail is a type of armor made up of small metal rings linked together […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Gambesons

As promised this week I will be covering types of armor that were common in medieval Europe, starting with gambesons and continuing over the next three weeks with chainmail, plate armor and brigantine. I will also be doing some myth busting with each type of armor. I want to point out that just because I’m […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Medieval Armor: Part 2

I hope you enjoyed last week’s post on armor myths because I am covering some more this week. As always, magic is the exception to the rules. Because magic. Leather Armor Fantasy seems to be in love with leather armor. You can see it from “Vikings” to “The Lord of the Rings” to Dungeons & […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Medieval Armor: Part 1

I hope you have been enjoying my posts on swords and other medieval weapons. This week we are moving on to armor myths because, o boy! are there a lot of them. The armor worn in medieval Europe varied across time, region, and social standing. I will be covering common types of armor later. As […]

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