kevin714 wrote:In this depiction is he wearing a mail shirt and a "bishops collar" on top of it? Was this how a bishop's collar was worn? Or is this something else? Any info on the wearing of chainmail by the Irish nobility and or hobilars/horseman of this time period(or earlier) would be appreciated. Also does anyone know were to purchase a spear of this length and type that would be accurate for the period?
frodo wrote:It is both a Bishops Mantle and a later period illustration. The bishops mantle is often closed at the back with a buckle as they often (in reenactment circles) have what looks like a leather dog collar at the top. It more like ly a bishops mantle as opposed to an aventail as there is a very similar helmet in the Ulster Museum which has no fixings for one at the bottom. How the spear is held is not a regional thing as there are illustrations dating back centuries before htis from all over the world of the spear being held over arm, see the illustrations of David and Goliath. Replicas of this sort of Armour and the spear could be purchased from http://www.gdfb.co.uk as their spear heads much resemble this and their maile would be ideal.
azure wrote:Don't you just love the spiked horseshoes??
Just a note of caution - from my memory, there is a series of illustrations the image above appears in, and in several of them noteable figures from different time periods appear in exactly the same armour. Either the same armour was passed down through several generations becoming at the end almost ceremonial, or else the illustrator considered that noble people wore this kind of armour and was depicting an idea rather than contemporary realilty.
As far as I remember, the armour that is duplicated is not the one in this particular image, but it would still be useful to look at the whole series to get a good context for the one you are interested in.
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