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Hauberk
Location: Europe
Common Construction: Iron, then Steel

The hauberk is a suit of chain mail that extends down to the thighs or knees. It is split to allow the wearer to ride on horseback, and usually covers the entire arm. Some hauberks even extend to enclose the hand in a muffler, or glove.

The first evidence of the hauberk dates back to the Bayeux Tapestry, which shows Norman soldiers wearing them in the 11th century. However, the invention of chain mail dates back to the 5th century BC and certainly it had been worn in some form ever since that time period. Use of the hauberk declined in the 14th century with the advent of plate armor, although chain mail continued to be used in other parts of the world much later.

Armor, History, Medieval Europe, Torso


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