In the truest sense of the words, crossbows, long bows and lances were the best possible arguments for developing knightly plate armour. Starting in the High Middle Ages, noble knights began to reinforce their mail shirts with metal plates. The trend peaked with the invention of the full suit of armour starting in the 14th century. Italy and Germany were the manufacturing centres for suits of armour.
Armourers had to know a lot about how people move to produce armour that is as flexible as possible. Contrary to popular opinion, it was possible to walk around, lie down and get up, and even mount a horse in a full suit of armour!
Our suit of armour is modelled on the one worn by Charles the Bold, the last Valois Duke of Burgundy. Charles the Bold is considered by many to be the last ruler who was completely dedicated to the spirit of feudalism, and he was most famous for his blind courage. In 1477, he gathered around 4,000 men to fight the Battle of Nancy against an army made up of men from Lorraine and Swiss mercenaries that was at least four times as strong as his own. He died during the battle at the age of 43. (His mutilated body, frozen and gnawed on by wild animals, was found in a stream a few days later...) Our Duke of Burgundy full suit of armour revives the era of late medieval feudalism in detailed, historical accuracy. The plate harness is the replica of an Italian model from the middle of the 15th century. Its forms are mostly rounded. It consists of a hounskull helmet with a visor and bevor, a cuirass with tassets, and a matching back piece. It also has arm and leg pieces (including greaves, iron gloves, elbow and knee bosses, and shoulder protection) and a base with a wooden stand for displaying it in all of its glory.