- Sep 12, 2004Jennifer,
I can't remember or find the book, but there is a desription and
sketch of a full arm harness used for French tournaments in the 14th
or 15th century made completely out of leather with rope cording
running the entire length like pinstriping. Sorry, I just can't
remember which book, other than the fact that it was a book on
medieval armour with a woodcut on the front cover.
However, Oakeschott writes in Archaeology of weapons, "The earliest
record we have of the use of special armour for the tournamentis in
the accounts for the royal tournament held in the park at Windsor on
July 9, 1278. All the armour mentioned in these accounts is of
leather-even the helms- nothing tougher being needed against the
whalebone swords also mentioned." Dover 0-486-29288-6 Pg 192-193 of
Also, I think there is a picture of a leather tourney helm in
Waterer's Leather and the Warrior, although since I'm re-arranging
everything in my house atm, I can't seem to find it, either.
Hope this helps a little.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jennifer Cootware"
> Does anyone have any documentation on the use of leather bracersin the
> middle ages or Renaissance?
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