Guest Post – Metal and Leather: the Armour of A Knight’s Tale

As mentioned in my previous post on A Knight’s Tale, I’m going to be showcasing the first guest post, on ARMOUR… so I’ll let my co-host take over from here! 🙂

Hello! Lifelong armour nerd here 🙂

I’m going to be covering the armour of A Knight’s Tale, a highly enjoyable piece of anachronism. However, it has some of the nicest and most complete armour that I’ve seen on film, specifically of the 1300s(ish).

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(Some leeway must be given for cinematic liberties.)

So, the first suit of armour in this film doesn’t actually belong to Will.

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It actually belonged to this guy…

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… so it makes sense that it wouldn’t fit this guy:

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Armour was (supposed to be) custom-made, so it doesn’t actually fit very well at all.

(For the record, the pic below comes from Count Adhemar’s scathing monologue on the quality of Will’s borrowed armour. The opening line – “How stylish to joust in an antique” just about describes it.)

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However, it must also be pretty badly made, because it breaks on the first wear…

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twice.

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And while the lovely blacksmith Kate

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fixes it up nicely…

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… it’s still not ideal.

The next suit of armour is much better…

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(Yep, that’s how I’d feel too 🙂 )

… so we’re going to look at it from the bottom up.AKT_0280.jpg

That’s not what I meant.

But anyway, over top of his usual tunic

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Will sports a nice gambeson, or padded jacket…a-knights-tale-lg.jpg

… which is incidentally similar to that worn by the beautifully-dressed Count Adhemar…

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… instead of this rather nasty setup that went with his last suit.

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This new armour is forged by Kate

(incidentally incorporating the Nike swoosh)

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“Joust do it”

to be smaller…

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…lighter…

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…and more flexible

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allowing Will to mount his horse on his own…

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… much to the chagrin of this guy.

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But that’s not the only good armour in this film!

(Nor the only bad armour, but that’s not the point.)

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(For the record, golden armour would be a ridiculous waste of money.)

Prince Edward, under the pseudonym of Sir Thomas Colville, has gloriously decorated black! armour (presumably as a reference to his nickname “The Black Prince”)…

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that’s fancy enough to give away his status to anyone who’s really paying attention.

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But in addition to the armour of various nameless knights

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there’s the crowning glory of the film (in my opinion)

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Adhemar’s armour.

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It’s elegant…

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…practical…

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… and has a visor that works!

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Look at all that badass black metal and leather:

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To say nothing of the horse’s armour (known as “barding”):

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And while Will goes without armour in the final joust…

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You idiot! One hit and you’d be dead!

… this film still makes it to my top ten for glorious armour.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

PS. If you fancy your own suit of armour, check out Armstreet at https://armstreet.com/store/armor/

PPS. If you fancy seeing jousting live, check out the Knights of Valour at https://www.facebook.com/ExtremeKOV/

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