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What did a knight wear?

In later days, knights might indeed wear suits of metal plate armour, but more typically early knights would be clad in tough leather or perhaps a chain mail shirt, like their earlier Roman counterparts. The three images below show a leather outfit, a later knight in chain mail, and a full metal plate armour. Notice the big differences!

three differently clad knights


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