No Knights Did NOT Have To Be Lifted On Their Horses Because Their Armor Weighed So Much.

by Daniel Russ on August 5, 2012

Medieval Armor

Medieval Armor

 

It was during the filming of Henry, that the Master of the Armories at the Tower of London, Sir James Mann, had an absolute fit. He was acting as technical advisor to the filming of this famous movie and wanted to show King Henry in Knights armor that was so heavy he had to be assisted into his saddle. Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court” also reiterates this myth as a fact. But Knight’s armor all tolled weight in between 35 and 55 pounds. That’s about it. By the time of Agincourt in 1415, Knight’s body armor only weighed about 30 pounds. In the 17th century, armorers began making heavier suits to stop bullets. But the fact is that at their heaviest, armor knight suits weighed about 80 pounds, or roughly 10 to 20 pounds less than the average infantryman has had to carry in almost any theater for the last three hundred years.

This is great video of a squire helping a knight dress out.

 

 

 

Sources: Loose Cannons. 101 Myths Mishaps and Misadventurers of Military History. Greame Donald. 2009, Osprey Books., http://www.metmuseum.org/

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Louis September 18, 2017 at 7:06 am

Also, re-enactors, with properly fitted armour, can do cartwheels, and pushups and all manner of physical activities. After all, the armour was made to fight in, which is a strenous activity in itself. The downside is that you tire more easily in it, then people with less, or no, armour.

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