Why did knights use chain mail for protection and armor during The Middle Ages?

Surprisingly, chain mail was really good at protecting against arrows and bludgeoning weapons during the Middle Ages.

Soldiers who could afford and wear chain mail also wore leather tunics underneath, to keep the rings from being driven into their skin if they were clubbed.

They relied heavily on their shields for defense as well.

So chain mail was great—flexible, relatively light and effective against most weapons.

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1 thought on “Why did knights use chain mail for protection and armor during The Middle Ages?”

  1. chainmail also needed very little in the way of upkeep.

    also the designs of lighter/more protective armors (like the old roman Lorica segmentata) where lost, and scale mail did not give enough coverage, although what it did cover was very well protected

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