Friday, January 17, 2014

Medieval Women & Armour

Rather interesting article from  - What Kind of Armour Did Medieval Women Really Wear:

We know that skimpy armor that shows off a woman's cleavage is rather impractical for combat and that sculpted "boob plate" armor can be a hazard to your health, but on occasions that women did don armor in medieval Europe, what kind of armor did they actually wear? And is shapely, feminine armor a modern convention, or does it have some roots in the Middle Ages?
Even if they aren't necessarily historically accurate, depictions of armor worn by men in European historical fictions or European-inspired fantasies tend to have at least some basis in fact, whereas women's armor is often depicted in a more fantastical manner. There are, of course, the infamous body-bearing suits of armor with scale mail bras and chain mail loin clothes that seem to scream, "Please, stab me in my fleshy stomach!" And then there is the overly sculpted boob-plate breastplate for suits of plate mail, which gives fictional woman warriors the appearance of femininity, but places a rather dangerous metal protrusion right at the wearer's sternum.


Christian Pearson said...

I have to agree with the findings on this post. I've seen fictional depictions of women in some ridiculous armor, but in reality women's armor were more like their masculine counterparts. The article was very thought-provoking and it inspired me to research more on the history of great women during the middle ages. Thank you for sharing!

Christian Pearson @ League of Women Voters

Jennifer Martin said...

The medieval suit of armour seems to be used in the wars by the warriors.