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  • Greaves

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Weight:  0.5-.08 kg each

Description

Greaves were often called ‘shynbalds’, a term very similar to ‘shin guards’ used in football today. 

A greave was very difficult to make out of a piece of metal- it had to fit exactly around the leg.  A good greave fitted like a metal skin, allowing the knight to feel the sides of his horse straight through the metal. 

How were they used?

Most early greaves were made in one piece and only covered the front of the leg below the knee. There is also some evidence for types made in several long, narrow pieces connected together to cover the sides and some of the back of the leg, as shown in this illustration.