The classic Brigandine – hardened plated armor overlayed by a textile outer shell. A symbol of chivalry, the Brigandine was a fashion statement in addition to a warrior’s garb. It was often covered with velvet with matching arms, and was constructed with functional, yet decorative rivets. During the XIII-XIV centuries the brigandine was a typical knight’s armor, and in the XV century it became standard for non-noble infantry.
Our Visby Brigandine is based on a historical example which was found during the excavation of the Battle of Visby (1361). This battle saw a trained Danish army pitted against poorly equipped yeomen on the Swedish island of Gotland. The 1905 excavation of the battle site uncovered a mass grave and is notable for the quantity of bodies (~2000) and equipment located therein.
Our Visby Brigandine is constructed from canvas and durable wool to which steel plates are riveted. Other options include outfitting your brigandine with high-quality suede leather and/or plates made from tempered steel, stainless steel, or ultra-lightweight titanium.
Please note that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.