Encyclopedia of historical weapons - Aventail

A curtain of mail attached by means of staples (ver-velles) around the base of a helmet (especially the basinet ), and covering the shoulders. Also called camail (a French term).

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Compound-Hilt & Complex-Guard
Term for the many forms of hilts in Renaissance and on some late-Medieval swords. Ususally consist of finger-rings,…
Kite-shaped shield
A large, elon­gated triangular shield with a rounded top used throughout Europe from the tenth to the thir­teenth century, commonly…
Pavise
Large, usually rectangular shield carried by infantrymen and frequently used in siege operations to protect archers. The largest pavises…
Gladius
The Legions patterned their short swords after those of the Spanish Celts. The historian, Polybius, says they were introduced into the army during…
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