Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Netting
>Yes, the silk helped, but probably not very much as armor. I have read
>My understanding is that the silk was worn next to the skin but
>that armor was still worn. This might be either lacquered leather
>or iron plates depending on what part of the cavalry the archer
>was part of. The silk was supposed to minimize the damage
>caused by any arrows that got through the armor.
that wearing silk tended to minize the chance that bits of fabric would
be driven into the body in the event of a battle wound. It was quite
common for the impact of a blade or an arrow (or, later, a bullet) to
drive fragments of a warrior's innermost clothing into a wound, and
these would remain there after the weapon was withdrawn. Unless removed
surgically, they could cause even a minor wound to fester, resulting in
slow healing, loss of a limb, or death. And in those days, of course,
surgery of that nature was generally more dangerous than battle itself.
Silk apparently was safer than most fabrics in this stuation, partly
because it is stronger than cotton, linen, or wool, but mostly because
it is made of long strands rather than short fibers -- they tend to part
cleanly in one place as the weapon (or bullet) goes in, but remain
attached to the garment rather than being broken or pulled off and
driven into the wound. During the Napoleonic Wars, officers on all
sides favored silk garments over cotton or linen for this very reason --
it wasn't *only* vanity and ostentation.
I don't actually know whether the Mongols understood the
cause-and-effect relationship involved. They may have thought it was
magic. I don't know how sophisticated they were about that sort of thing.
And besides all that, of course, wearing silk underwear helped keep the
Mongols warriors from freezing to death out there on the steppes, which
is always an advantage in battle.
- --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, John edgerton <sirjon1@p...>
> The comment about being in constant motion, like giant birds.Makes me
> think the cloak was attached to both wrists. That would give abird or
> bat wing appearance and would also provide protection from bothsides.
Perhaps, but a regular style half-circle doesn't work. I have been
playing with some other styles (you probably guessed that)and have a
prototype that seems to work - even found some material that sorta
looks like feathers. I'll keep you posted off-line, or here if
anyone else in interested. Actually it will be cool and servicable
even if you are not an archer. And it will be semi-perod, being a
modified Gallic Coat.