By Charles Ffoulkes
This vintage compact booklet, released in 1909 used to be written via Charles Ffoulkes (1868-1947) who was once the Royal Armouries first full-time curator. He writes an informative booklet at the evolution of non-public army safeguard for people and horses, from a hugely useful, simplistic mail-based harness to plate harness to the hugely ornamental, and every now and then, ugly harnesses illustrating the prostitution of a craft degraded to pleasurable the non-public type whims of people that possessed extra energy and wealth than a feeling of real combat.For any pupil of the artwork, or if you happen to perform the traditional armoured combative arts requiring one to put on a harness of the interval and wields interval reproduction swords, will totally delight in what makes this publication necessary, is the truth that Charles highlights the various subtleties of armour contruction and layout components which for many people are impossible, and who additionally highlights artifacts which now not exist this present day having been misplaced in the course of the global wars. it's transparent that he had written this publication after years of constructing hands-on services of this paintings via his paintings on the Royal Armories. If there will be a superb cause to incorporate this publication on your bibliography, the latter makes this booklet a useful addition.
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On Plate III, 2, the figure is shown wearing the poleynes and also the ailettes. For practical purposes they are represented on recumbent figures as worn at the back, but in pictorial illustrations they are invariably shown on the outside of the shoulder. 165:^431 Fig. II. f. Some From Roy. MS. 16. G. Fig. 12. vi, dii 387, fourteenth century. Bib. , Paris, Lancelot Lac, fourteenth century. writers consider that they were solely used for ornament, presumably because they are generally shown decorated with Against this, however, we may place the fact heraldic blazons.
I On some on with tied conquer shall '. of the Ear- laces. flaps were sometimes added, as may be seen on the chessmen found in the Isle of Lewis, now in the British Museum. Fig. 4. From the Great Seal of Alexander II of Scotland, thirteenth Fig. 5. Bnt. Mus. Roy. MS. 20. D. i. thirteenth century, century. During the twelfth century the helmet gradually became the helm. The ear-flaps were fixed, becoming an integral part of the defence, and closed round to join the nasal, this arrangement forming at length the ventail or visor.
In the Roll of Purchases for Windsor Park Tournament are mentioned thirty-eight pair of ailettes to be fastened with silk laces supplied by one Richard Paternoster. ' of course, would be only for ceremonial use. The ii These, illustration and occasionally we find the lozenge-shaped, and once (Brit. Mus. Roy. MS. 2. A. xxii, fol. The attachment of the 219) they assume a cruciform shape. ailettes with the laces referred to in the Windsor Park Inventory (Fig. II) shows different forms of ailette, In the Chroniques de Charlemaine, preserved in the Bibliotheque Royale at Brussels, the ailettes appear to be laced to the side of the helmet.