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Arming Doublet
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From c. 1425 it was less common than before for armour to be worn over a full haubergeon. Instead, individual pieces of mail were attached to the arming doublet with arming points to provide protection where there was no plate armour. These pieces of mail were intended to protect the neck (the standard), the armpits (voiders) and the groin and upper thighs (the skirt). The arming doublet gradually replaced the aketon as the padded undergarment worn under armour. It was shorter than the aketon. An example of a 15th-century arming doublet, probably made in Germany, is in the collecti…

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Maria Hayward, “Arming Doublet”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 04 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_131>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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