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FFOULKES C. Armour & Weapons

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FFOULKES C.
Armour & Weapons
page 66



flutings of the scallop-shell (Fig. 24). The main lines of the suit are heavier and more clumsy than those of the Gothic variety. The breastplate is shorter, globose in form, and made in one piece as distinct from the Gothic breastplate, which was generally composed of an upper and lower portion. The pauldrons are larger and the upstanding neck-guards more pronounced. The FIG. 33. Gothic suit. Turin FIG. 34. Maximilian suit. Vienna Armoury. Armoury, 1523. coude and genouillière are both smaller than in the Gothic suit, and fit more closely to the limbs. In imitation of the civilian dress the solleret becomes shorter and broader in the toe. This variety is known as the ' bec de cane ' or ' bear-paw ' solerei. Some writers use the term Sabaton for the foot-defence of this period. This term is found (sabataynes) in the Hastings manuscript referred to in the preceding chapter. The pauldrons of the Maximilian CHAP. IV PLATE ARMOUR 73


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