Greave and Sabaton

When worn the greave protects mainly the outer, front and back surfaces of the leg particularly the tibia bone which is very close to the skin. Greaves usually consisted of a metal exterior with an inner padding or felt. The felt padding was particularly important because, without it, any blow would transfer directly from the metal plating to the shin.     The sabaton 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.
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RI_DC_0000346 - RI_DC_0000347
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East Ayrshire Leisure Trust
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