Chain mail was flexible armor made of metal rings. In the days before stainless steel, the armor could rust and had to be oiled. By the fourteenth-century nobles began to replace it with plate armor. Chain mail could weigh as much as 25-30 pounds, and it was worn over a padded gambeson.
Poet Edgar Arlington Robinson wrote about “the medieval grace of iron clothing” in his Miniver Cheevy poem:
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