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).
(Some leeway must be given for cinematic liberties.)
So, the first suit of armour in this film doesn’t actually belong to Will.
It actually belonged to this guy…
… so it makes sense that it wouldn’t fit this guy:
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.)
However, it must also be pretty badly made, because it breaks on the first wear…
And while the lovely blacksmith Kate
fixes it up nicely…
… it’s still not ideal.
The next suit of armour is much better…
(Yep, that’s how I’d feel too 🙂 )
… so we’re going to look at it from the bottom up.
That’s not what I meant.
But anyway, over top of his usual tunic
Will sports a nice gambeson, or padded jacket…
… which is incidentally similar to that worn by the beautifully-dressed Count Adhemar…
… instead of this rather nasty setup that went with his last suit.
This new armour is forged by Kate
(incidentally incorporating the Nike swoosh)
to be smaller…
…and more flexible
allowing Will to mount his horse on his own…
… much to the chagrin of this guy.
But that’s not the only good armour in this film!
(Nor the only bad armour, but that’s not the point.)
(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”)…
that’s fancy enough to give away his status to anyone who’s really paying attention.
But in addition to the armour of various nameless knights
there’s the crowning glory of the film (in my opinion)
… and has a visor that works!
Look at all that badass black metal and leather:
To say nothing of the horse’s armour (known as “barding”):
And while Will goes without armour in the final joust…
… this film still makes it to my top ten for glorious armour.
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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