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Karen Watts

Karen Watts is Senior Curator of European Armour at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

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Did you know?

So good they named it twice

Armour commonly and mistakenly referred to as ‘chainmail’ should correctly be called MAIL, which is derived from the Old French word maille, meaning chain. So the word ‘chainmail’ actually means CHAIN CHAIN!

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