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Armour WOTR

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:56 pm
by zauberdachs
Ok, a quick question for the knowledgeable out there.

I'm reading through "The Medieval Soldier in the WOTR" by Andrew Boardman (ISBN 0750914653). On page 140 he discusses the goods of John de Vere, Earl of Oxford upon his death, these include:

"175 Sallets, 101 Brigandines, 77 pairs of splints, 16 corsets, 84 pairs of maille gussets, 18 gorgets, 24 aprons of mail, 120 halberd, 140 bills and 120 bows."

What is a corset in the context?

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:12 pm
by guthrie
A maille shirt?

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:24 pm
by zauberdachs
guthrie wrote:A maille shirt?

No seriously I've no idea but please don't guess. I can guess too all by myself.

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:42 pm
by Nigel
probabaly a back and breast palte as a set a corslett

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:32 pm
by Phil the Grips
Would have to second the corselet answer- "back and breast" plate would fit in with the mail gussets, bevors, hats and arm harness in the same context and show difference from the brigs present too to give a consistent "half armour".

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:03 am
by zauberdachs
Makes sense, thanks.

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:32 pm
by Nigel
and with the weighted argument of Messers walton an Grips who is going toa rgue ?

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:04 pm
by Colin Middleton
For that matter, what is an "apron of mail"?

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:16 pm
by Phil the Grips
Likely a mail skirt

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:26 pm
by behanner
I'm not sure that is correct because in the Parliament rolls you find "in maner of werre, that is to witte, with curays, corsettes, speres, jakkes, salettes..."

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:12 pm
by Ben Rodgers
Also spelled corselet. A light half-armour popular in the sixteenth century for general military use (for example, town guards). It consisted of a gorget, breast, back and tassets, full arms and gauntlets; the term can also be applied to the cuirass only.

Got this from Arador Armour Website

Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:59 pm
by Colin Middleton
I have an impression of it being quite a general term for metal armour for the torso. They might have listed curays AND corsettes to stop people from trying to claim that it's not the one forbidden.