So excited to have received Dangerous Arts today, published by @royalarmouriesmuseum ⚔️🛡 The Royal Armouries, “offer a unique historical perspective on visual and material culture from around the world as expressed in weapons of battle. Both intricate and elaborate, these items are a magnificent testament to fashion, craftsmanship, and engineering throughout the ages. Dangerous Arts presents some of the highlights of that collection through gorgeous photography that offers a glimpse into a world of firearms, armors, swords, and helmets alongside an insightful essay by Karen Watts, former senior curator at the Royal Armouries.” “The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world.
Its origins lie in the Middle Ages, and at its core is the celebrated collection originating in the nations working arsenal, assembled over many centuries at the Tower of London. In the rein of Elizabeth I, selected items began to be arranged for display to visitors, making the Royal Armouries heir to one of the oldest deliberately-created visitor attractions in England.” Information credit: @royalarmouriesmuseum
Henry VIII Foot Armour for the Camp du Drap D'or, ( Field of Cloth and Gold)
One of two harness made for the foot tournament at the Field of Cloth and Gold summit in 1520. These armours, created at Greenwich were for a 29 year old Henry in his physical prime. This fully enclosed suit, for poleaxe or heavy weapon fighting in a cordoned ring is an incredible work of engineering, every part of the body covered by plate steel. Every joint has turners and articulation to allow totally free movement for combat. Even inside joints, usually protected by mail have articulated plate splint compression joints for maximum protection.
The armour is unembellished and has a rough " hammer finish" no doubt a fashion statement in itself. Due to last minute rule changes, this armour wasn't used at the tournament and the Greenwich armoury had to rush through the second harness, the tonlet armour for the tourney.
Photos courtesy of The Royal Armouries.
Home ed meet at the royal armouries museum, we did a self guided visit and were able to just take our time but the kids also did a workbook and I’m so proud at how much effort Chris put into it today. #homeeducationuk#homeed#homeschool#royalarmouries