Foot Combat Armour with pieces that overlap each other and are attached together by rivets and articulate

Foot combat armour

Dates from about 1520 | English, Southwark | Object number: II.6

YouTube link to Henry VIII foot combat armour videos This extraordinary armour is like no other in Britain.

There is no chink in its protection which completely covers the body.

Every part locks over another – the helmet locks onto the cuirass that locks into the buttock and thigh defences that themselves lock onto the leg and foot defences.

Yet the whole armour can flex because hundreds of narrow overlapping plates, or ‘lames’, are attached together by rivets and articulate to protect every part of the wearer’s body.

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  • Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII to the English throne. This definitive publication illustrates and records over 90 Henrician treasures from the Royal Armouries own collections and from around the world.

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