Th Century Arms and Armour to approximately 1180 AD

12th Century Hauberk

The individual in Figure 2 is wearing a hauberk that extends to his mid thighs or knees and to his wrists. He has an integral coif covered by a steel bowl-shaped or conical helm with a nasal bar protecting the face. Under the mail is worn a gambeson as they did in the previous century to prevent chaffing by the mail. The chausses or mail leggings were much more popular in the 12th century. These were worn by lacing with leather straps behind the leg and calf. Normal for this period would be a...

Armour Nomenclature

Armour Plackart

The figure below is a useful tool to illustrate the various components of a complete suit of plate armour. The names are accompanied with Italian names. The following includes a description of the components as they are illustrated. open-faced helmet with a globular or conical skull enclosing the sides of the face and neck. Usually worn with an aventail, and occasionaly a visor. Vervelles staples attached to the base of a basinet for securing the aventail. Aventail a curtain of mail attached by...

Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts Copyright 2001

Notice This material remains the property of the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts. It is freely distributed to practitioners of medieval martial arts and offers no restrictions to the copying and re-distribution ofthe material in an un-altered form, however, this material is not for re-sale. AEMMA will graciously accept financial gifts to support AEMMA's further development in the resurrection and reconstruction of medieval martial arts and future publications. Re-production of this...

Hans Talhoffer 1467

Talhoffer Woman Man Judicial Combat

Talhoffer'sfechtbuchs or Fight Books survive in at least 3 editions 1443, 1459 and 1467. This manual is based principally on Talhoffer's fechtbuch of 1467. Talhoffer's 'Fechtbuch aus dem Jahre 1467' or 'Fencing Book of the Year 1467' was re-printed in Prague, 1887 by an officer in the Austria-Hungarian Empire by the name of Gustave Hergsell. Although little is known about the man, we do know that Hans Talhoffer was born in Swabia, a relatively small area of Southern Germany which now lies...

Book 1 Recruit Physical Training Program

Medieval Swordsmanship

This section introduces the students to the history of European medieval martial arts, historical background on the evolution of the longsword, various stages of armour development, and an introduction to the fundamentals of medieval swordsmanship. A student entering the world of medieval martial arts will typically begin with the training presented in this book and who will incur a duration of three 3 - six 6 months depending upon commitment and time devoted to practice.