Charles VI Legharness Set
In Medieval Europe, full leg armor protection usually consisted of the cuissardes (thigh protection), kneecaps, greaves (shin protection) and sabatons (foot protection). The completed leg harness was an essential part of the full plate armor. It developed from the formed metal plate that served as knee protection. The knees were the most important and vulnerable part of the leg and thus required solid coverage. Earlier mail stockings were not sufficient to the task. As a result, in the XII century, knights began to cover their knees with a thick piece of leather which was reinforced with a sewed round iron plate. Later it was transformed into the kneecap. During the XIII – XV centuries the other parts of leg armor were developing, fulfilling the demand for greater protection of the thighs, shins and feet.
Our Charles VI Legharness Set consists of the Charles VI Legharness and 3/4 Greaves. The leg harness has a reinforced central rib. We offer the set as either a connected piece or as independent elements. If you decide to have them connected, we will drill holes on the bottom segment of the steel leg and pin on the greave. We drill the holes at different heights so you can choose the position that suits you the best. If you prefer to have the Charles VI Legharness Set made without connective elements, please select “none” in the options below. This armor set is equipped with the durable leather straps and steel buckles. Additionally, there is riveted leather trim on the top of the cuisses which is made from thick leather that serves to attach the leg armor to the arming belt.
We also offer the following sabatons to round off your leg and foot armor:
We also produce an arm harness in the same style: French Arm Armor
Our Charles VI Legharness Set can be used for reenactment and historical medieval battle.
Please note that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.