Sirs John de Creke and John of Eltham wearing armor during the fourteenth century. The illustration shows the extra armor worn by knights and noblemen underneath the surcoats.

Sirs John de Creke and John of Eltham Wearing Armor

Sirs John de Creke and John of Eltham wearing armor during the fourteenth century. The illustration…

The illustration shows two knights riding on horses. The knights and noblemen wore surcoats to hide the type of armor worn.

Knights and Noblemen on Horses Wearing Armor

The illustration shows two knights riding on horses. The knights and noblemen wore surcoats to hide…

An illustration of men at arms wearing iron body armor. The illustration shows armors varied by wealth of the soldiers.

Men at Arms Wearing Armor

An illustration of men at arms wearing iron body armor. The illustration shows armors varied by wealth…

"Suit of Plate Armor, early 16th century." — Encyclopedia Britanica, 1893

Full Plate

"Suit of Plate Armor, early 16th century." — Encyclopedia Britanica, 1893

A man wearing a gambeson from about 1375. A gambeson is a quilted padded jacket worn as armor.

Soldier Wearing a Gambeson

A man wearing a gambeson from about 1375. A gambeson is a quilted padded jacket worn as armor.

"A piece of armor protecting the arm; properly, an elbow piece, but sometimes loosely used for the entire brassart. Also garde-de-bras." -Whitney, 1911

Garde-Brace

"A piece of armor protecting the arm; properly, an elbow piece, but sometimes loosely used for the entire…

"In armor, a raised and ornamental ridge terminating the pauldron on the side toward the neck, and intended to prevent blows from glancing from the pauldron." -Whitney, 1911

Garde-Collet

"In armor, a raised and ornamental ridge terminating the pauldron on the side toward the neck, and intended…

"GAUNTLET. Armour for the hand." -Hall, 1862

Gauntlet

"GAUNTLET. Armour for the hand." -Hall, 1862

"The closed helmet seen in profile is appropriated to esquires and gentlemen." -Hall, 1862

Closed Helmet Direct

"The closed helmet seen in profile is appropriated to esquires and gentlemen." -Hall, 1862

"The position of the helmet is a mark of distinction. The direct front view of the grated helmet belongs to sovereign princes and dukes." -Hall, 1862

Grated Helmet Direct

"The position of the helmet is a mark of distinction. The direct front view of the grated helmet belongs…

"The helmet without bars, with the beaver open, standing directly fronting the spectator, denotes a knight." -Hall, 1862

Open Helmet Direct

"The helmet without bars, with the beaver open, standing directly fronting the spectator, denotes a…

"The grated helmet in profile is common to all degrees of peerage under a duke." -Hall, 1862

Grated Helmet Profile

"The grated helmet in profile is common to all degrees of peerage under a duke." -Hall, 1862

An illustration of a knight and three men at arms wearing iron armors during the fourteenth century.

Fourteenth Century Knight and Men at Arms

An illustration of a knight and three men at arms wearing iron armors during the fourteenth century.