To protect the weak spots of the armour, nothing is better than a good haubergeon worn underneath. Of course this solution is heavier than a skirt + voiders but it also offers better protection. Quatrocento Italian knights and condotieres were often so cautious that they wore an haubergeon AND a skirt of mail under their harnesses !
The haubergeon was also much appreciated by ordinary soldiers. For many of them the haubergeon was their only protection. But it could also be worn under a brigandine or under a padded jack or under an half cuirass to efficiently increase ones protection. A billman wearing a good kettle hat, a haubergeon and a breastplate, for example, could reasonably hope to survive his first battle, even in first line.
This model is, however, much more costly and luxurious than the haubergeon usually worn by archers. Its very small 6mm18G riveted rings are alternated with full flat rings and so tightly weaved that it is like holding a river of steel in ones hands. Even the best dagger will have almost no chance of killing a man-at-arms so well protected !
Weight M : 8,7 kg
Weight L : 10,2 kg
Weight XL : 11,7 kg
Maximum circumference at torso M : 110 cm
Maximum circumference at torso L : 125 cm
Maximum circumference at torso XL : 140 cm
Maximum circumference at torso XXL : 155 cm
Do not forget to wear your doublet or gambeson while taking your measurements. And add some few more centimeters for comfort & putting on !
Finish: blackened, in accordance with several sources of this era.
Assembled according to the classic Gjermundbu pattern with alternate rows of riveted and solid rings
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The word “chainmail” is a modern neologism. Our medieval ancestors simply use the word “mail” or “maille” ;)