a medieval minute: the grace of iron clothing

This is a favorite manuscript illustration. I liked it so much I named my blog: https://thegraceofironclothing.wordpress.com/

This is a favorite manuscript illustration. I liked it so much I named my blog: https://thegraceofironclothing.wordpress.com/


Both nobles and ordinary soldiers wore chain mail.Notice how the action of the picture escapes its frame.

Both nobles and ordinary soldiers wore chain mail.
I love how the action of this pictures escapes its frame.

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:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44978

To read about chain mail:
http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-swords-and-armor/chain-mail.htm

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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