Gothic armour


Gothic armour – full plate armour, produced in parts of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire during the so-called late middle ages (XV century).

The scheme of the Gothic armour with the names of its individual parts

Such armor was made during the whole XV century and reached its peak in h years when they were considered the best in Europe. Their appearance carried the traits of Gothic architecture and Gothic art. The armor had many sharp forms and graceful lines, moreover, as a rule, this type of armour had shirring and fluting – the so-called stiffeners, which increase the strength of the armor, without it thickening and weighting, unlike Milan. Typically, in Gothic armor was used the sallet with long pointed back piece that protected the back of the neck and head. The bevor protected the chin. In addition to the steel plates of this armor consisted of chain mail elements, fastened to the armour to protect the body on the inside of the joints and crotch.

Armour from the Armoury chamber of the Moscow Kremlin (Gothic Front, rear Maximilian)

Sometimes this type of armor is called the German Gothic and Milanese armour Sovremennaya — Italian Gothic, on the basis that outside of Germany and Italy sometimes mixed Italian and German pieces of armor (especially so often did in England), getting the armor with mixed features. The argument against this terminology is that the Milan armor existed (with minor design changes) both before and after Gothic armour (Gothic armour existed from the mid-fifteenth century, and in the first years of the XVI century — before the advent of Maximilian armor, and Milanese armour from the late fourteenth century and continued to be worn in the early sixteenth century).

The style of Gothic armour is divided into high and low Gothic, and late and early. About some misconceptions:

Some mistakenly believe that for the Gothic armor is a lack of thigh guards (tassets), but actually it feature the most famous examples — there are less famous examples of Gothic armor, tassets have not lost.

Normally believe that high Gothic ribbed necessarily abundant, but there are examples of high Gothic, with its characteristic silhouette high Gothic, but not having a pattern (such as found among Brunnera forged and forged Helmsmiter who were at that time among the most famous Smiths-Doisneau).

Late Gothic and high Gothic is not the same, cheap samples of late Gothic sometimes have signs of low Gothic.

During the 16th century, under Italian influence, Gothic armour evolved into Maximilian armor. This new kind of armour was more rounded, had a more curved surface, and the ledges were narrow and parallel to each other and covered the entire surface of the armor.


Now Gothic armor are quite popular for reenactment, largely because of their reliability and practicality, combined with a high degree of protection, but also in no small part because of the beauty. Now to build a complete Gothic armour harder than, say, the same Milan, largely because of greater, sometimes substantially greater, the cost of the elements of modern “Gothic”. But it does not stop enthusiasts who want certainly to put on these expensive armor, knowing that they are worth it.

Replicas of Gothic armour, usually made of ST3 steel in the thickness of 1-1,5 mm, some elements can reach the thickness of 2 and even 2.5 mm (usually this applies to helmets). Modern “knights” you can see a variety of complexes of Gothic armor, some of them covered the common rifleniem, bead, some are almost devoid of it. This is most likely due to the fact that we are richly replenie armor are more expensive, so the “low Gothic” is cheaper. Such modern armor for tournaments and buhurts wear or salady or armet. Of course POPs up often and every “hack”.

You can talk endlessly about these wonderful beauty and fighting qualities of the armor, but still it is impossible to convey the feelings that you experience when you wearing it, do not hesitate to say, a work of art, as such armor is quite appreciated as a masterpiece. And therefore wearing the “Gothic” itself, as if preassess to this fascinating ancient art that promotes deep immersion in the romantic era, filling the heart with the spirit of chivalry. Of course, this is if the armor is well done and equally well-matched to the body structure, otherwise all romance instantly dissipate.

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