Templar Great Helm (B)

Pembridge Style Great Helm (1370's)

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    This helmet is made in the style of the Pembridge Helm, worn by Sir Richard Pembridge, who died in 1375. It weighs 3.06 Kilos, has a circumference of 79cm, an external width of 23cm, an external length of 26cm and a height of 33cm. It comes complete with a fully padded liner and chinstrap. This helmet has two long ocularia (or vision slits) each being just over 9cm long. This helm will comfortably fit anybody with a hat size of 56 to 61.

    This type of helm, may seem claustrophobic to our eyes, and indeed, wearing such helmets partially restricts breathing, hearing and vision. I can only guess how hot they would have become under the desert sun, but despite the drawbacks, they were worn for good reason – they were almost totally impervious to any attack. Many Crusader victories against more numerous and lightly armoured Islamic forces can, in some measure, be attributed to the effectiveness of Crusader heavy armour – which was impenetrable by the standard Arab hand and missile weapons of the day. At Tiberias (1187) when the crusaders were hemmed in by the Saracens, after two days of hard fighting, when most of the lightly equipped foot soldiers were killed or wounded, when hardly a horse in the army could carry its rider, the armoured knights are known to have suffered no serious casualties.

    Battle Ready (16 gauge) - Helmets generally come in 4 different gauges: 20, 18, 16 and 14 (confusingly, the smaller the number, the thicker the metal). 20 gauge is quite tinny, some helmets emanating from China have this gauge. 18 gauge is not historically inaccurate, as back in the day our ancestors had a preference for light equipment, but some re-enactors dislike this gauge because of its greater tendency to dent. 16 gauge is the most popular gauge for simulated combat (and is accordingly favoured by the SCA), it’s not too heavy, but it’s robust. It can be compared in weight to medieval tournament armour. 14 gauge is probably too heavy to be historically accurate but is also popular amongst re-enactors.

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