The Armour for a Courtier of Elizabeth I including close helmet fitted onto the collar

Armour for a courtier of Queen Elizabeth I

Dates from about 1590 | English, Greenwich | Object number: II.40, IV.581

This is the only armour in the gallery that is made up for the tourney. A tourney was fought between two teams on horseback, first with lances and then with swords.

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Elizabethan armours

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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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A flash in the pan

This expression originates with the misfire of a flintlock or similar gun. The powder in the pan is supposed to ignite the main charge in the barrel. Sometimes only the powder in the pan flashed without firing the main charge.