How could Knights afford armor and weapons when metal was expensive in the Middle Ages?

A full suit of plate armor, that is, plates of steel covering almost the entire body of the Knight and his horse, could cost as much as a small farm during the Middle Ages.

The horse itself would cost the same amount, in today’s money, as a luxury car.

Much like playing polo and collecting Swiss bank accounts, being a knight back then was reserved for only the wealthiest of sons.

how could knights afford armor and weapons when metal was expensive in the middle ages

Being competent wasn’t good enough, you had to have the funding and wealth to afford to be a Knight back then.

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