The Black Knight Helmet

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    We've turned this famous movie helmet into a ready-to-rumble sixteen gauge reality, complete with a chinstrap and leather liner. It weighs 4.1 kilos and has a circumference of 76cm. As far as these flat-topped Crusader era great helms go, this helmet is actually quite workable for fighting. The vision allowance and airflow are quite good compared to many other similar styles. The letter-box style ocularium, without the supporting nose guard may (I imagine) cave in if the front of the helmet is hit too hard, but it would really have to be a sledge-hammer of a blow, which means you're playing too hard! 


    THE BLACK KNIGHT: Numerous historians and social anthropologists have documented the very human fact that literal physical resilience in warfare, especially in the earliest formative period of "proto-chivalry", was in the eyes of contemporary warriors almost the essence of chivalry-defined knighthood; and what greater act of physical resilience can we imagine than considering the loss of an arm, a “mere flesh wound”? The Black Knight’s refusal to yield to Arthur King of The Britons might superficially seem insolent and ignoble, but let us not forget that knighthood at many points clashed with the sovereignty of the king, and in this case the king played an ambivalent and problematic role in the fracas by presuming overlordship of an unknown nobleman. The Black Knight far from being impertinent and ignorant, was undoubtedly cognisant of the importance of reputation for loyalty in noble conduct, so he stood steadfast in his assigned duty that none should pass. The erudite scholastic analysis of Richard Kaeuper summarizes such matters succinctly: "A knight's nobility or worth is proved by his hearty strokes in battle" (Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe, p. 131), although nowhere in the book does he refer to this specific case, the point still remains valid. The Black Knight, although just weakened from recent combat does not relinquish his duty, despite the fact that his new adversary is evidently well equipped and fresh. As combat ensues, the Black Knight has his left arm severed, and this is promptly followed by the loss of all his other limbs in a similar manner, but the knight still refuses to yield, and on each and every occasion that he loses yet another limb, he exhorts his foe to continue combat. The classical-Aristotelian concept of the "magnanimous personality" is not without relevance here, as it can be seen in the Black Knight’s attitude to his serious and irreversible maiming. After being reduced to a torso, he berates the king for departing the field of combat and exclaims “I will bite your legs off!”. So what was achieved by his insistence on the continuation of personal combat when he was totally incapacitated by the loss of limbs? In a word: Honour! Honour was what was achieved by his living up to the ideal of the preudomme (the chivalric code) and by enacting its requisite qualities and behaviour.

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