Armor by Charlotte Yue

By Charlotte Yue

In lucid textual content and particular, appealing illustrations, Charlotte and David Yue inform the interesting tale of armor.

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Learning to be a knight involved formal training. Usually a son was sent to the household of another lord where he would serve first as a page, then as a squire. He would receive training in the fighting skills necessary for a knight. But he would also learn the manners and accomplishments that were required of a gentleman. Part of the education of a page or squire was to wait at his master's table, learning how to carve meat and select wine. As in warrior days, a knight still had to keep himself and his followers at a standard of living that made their loyalty worthwhile and give them food THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARMOR and wine, but these were now being judged by 3I a higher standard of cuisine.

Improved military tactics were adding to the effectiveness of knights in battle. Knights developed the technique of charging with a couched lance. They held their lances near the blunt end, clamped tightly against their bodies with their right hands. Saddles had raised and reinforced backs that kept the knight from being thrown backwards off his horse after the impact of hitting his target. He could deliver a devastating blow to his enemy because his rigidly held lance had the momentum of both man and charging horse behind it.

Some places became known for producing superior armor, such as Germany, which had high-quality metal as a natural resource. And though the two-stage process of quenching and tempering was not regularly used in the Middle Ages, it was probably known in Innsbruck and Augsburg, the two armormaking centers of Germany that produced armor of exceptional strength and hardness. They may have also discovered how to use manganese to harden steel. precisely. THE ARMORER AND HIS CRAFT 38 city became a great armor-producing center befounded cause a master a school that taught superior methods.

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