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Medieval Armor Talk #3 - HelmetsHello, again! This is the third journal entry in a series in which I discuss what I know about medieval armor. As I have said before, I am by no means an expert; I simply wish to share what knowledge I have gleaned from my personal studies of history, arms, and armor.Medieval Armor Talk #3 - Helmets by AuriV1
In this entry, I will discuss a very important part of the medieval warrior's arsenal: the helm. Just like shields, helmets varied in design from century to century and culture to culture, but they were all crafted for the same purpose: to protect the warrior's head. As weapons evolved, so did the helm.
Early helmets were, oddly enough, astonishingly similar in design, even across different cultures, including eastern Europe and the Orient. These helms were often little more than steel or iron caps, sometimes with nose guards (like Norman helms) and sometimes with mask-like face coverings (Norman, Viking, Saxon). Some even sported cheek pieces like Roman legionary helmets. Despite these additions, however, the basi