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Dean Castle Arms and Armour



16th Century

This is the part of a knight's body armour that covers the foot, although these plates generally only covered the top of the wearers' foot. The sabaton was not commonly used by knights or men at arms fighting on foot. Instead, many would simply wear leather shoes or boots. Heavy or pointy metal footwear would severely hinder movement and mobility on the ground, particularly under wet or muddy conditions. Attacks against the feet are not common in dismounted combat, as a strike to an enemy's foot would typically put the attacker in a very awkward and vulnerable position. Conversely, a mounted knight's feet would be at perfect height for strikes from dismounted soldiers, and so sabatons or other foot armour would be vital when riding into battle.

Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000428 & RI_DC_0000429
East Ayrshire Council

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