13th Century Teutonic Knight
The Teutonic Order of the Virgin Mary of Germany was originally established in Palestine during the Third Crusade, during the siege of Acre (1190). By the middle of the XIII century, the Prussian branch of the Order was already active in the Baltic states.
The knight’s defensive armament consisted of a Hauberg – a long chain mail with attached chainmail mittens and a hood. Sometimes the hood was worn separately.
The legs are full chain-mail stockings – the hoses were fastened to the belt with leather laces or straps. The feet were also protected by chain mail. For greater fit, the legs were pulled together with leather around the ankle and knee. Sometimes, like in Russia, cup-shaped or semi-cylindrical kneecaps were attached to them.
On top of the chain-link hood, especially for spear fights, a large helmet was worn – tophelm. The face of the helmet mask was reinforced by crosswise strips. Since the middle of the XIII century. the outlines of the large helmet in front acquire a characteristic kink in the area of the slits for the eyes; the back of the head is lengthened, connecting with the mask, and forms a continuous protection of the head to the shoulders.
The knight is armed with a long Romanesque sword with a round top, a spear with a faceted tip. Heater curved shield with a black cross on a white background.
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