TEMPLAR KNIGHT , first half of the 13th century
The History: Only a few words, books are filled.
Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favored charity throughout Christendom, and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial techniques that were an early form of banking and building fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land.
The Templar Knight
The Shield: At the beginning of the 13th century shields shrink in their size and their upper parts became more straight.
The Sword: His sword is a longer sword, a greatsword or sword for 1 ½ hands.
Such sword were much better in fights from horses to foot soldiers.
Headgear: His helmet is on the ground, for his protection the knight wears a turban-like cloth, so his chainmail hood couldn´t heat up in the sun. After a while in the desert the europeans learn from their enemies….
The chainmail: As all european knights he wears full chainmail, but withhout gloves.
His ventail at the chainmail-hood is opened- it´s getting warmer and warmer…
The mantle: The mantles of the Templars were described as white, but in medieval times there was a wide range in that colour from white over light grey to a light greybrown. That depends on the sheeps they used for the wool.
His skin is red and burned from the sun, he is tired from the combats and the hard life in the desert…
All parts are handmade and handsewn, the shield is covered with leather, the sword is full made of pewter and the scabbart is from real leather.
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