What Did a Medieval Knight Wear?


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Medieval knights wore either metal plates of armor or thick leather and chainmail shirts. Knights would also have worn a helmet to protect their heads, a gauntlet, which was a glove, and greaves, which were protective leg coverings.

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Knights were soldiers who fought on horseback for their lords. The lords fought for the king. Young boys began training to be knights as young as age 7 and would be knighted by the age of 21 and begin fighting.

Knights were often of noble blood, although a king could knight any man he chose. Knights were always men and the few women that disguised their gender to become knights are only legend, except for Joan of Arc, who wore armor to fight for France, but was never knighted by a king.

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