14th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers on

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The town militias formed on the battlefield


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Line-up of the town militias. To the left a priest is giving absolution to a soldier, wearing the typical protective clothing consisting of a skullcap and a mail coif. In rare cases a mail hauberk was worn (these were very expensive) over a thickly padded gambeson. Most of the men wear gloves with mail on them. All are wearing a jupon with a uniform colour configuration according to what town or guild they belong to. The range of arms comprises pikes, planšon Ó picots, swords and falchions.

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