Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holy Unanswered Questions, Batman!

I was serious about the nonfiction religion KBAR thing, I'm actually kind of curious. Anyhoo, today Ima tell you about medieval armor, since we're reading the midwife's apprentice. The website was http://www.medievalwarfare.info/armour.htm Originally it was just made of tiny chains linked together, but gradually boiled leather and metal plates were added on to provide additional protection. As armor got upgraded, so did the weapons that were designed to pierce it, so then they had to upgrade armor again. It continued like that in an endless loop until armor got way too expensive and people stopped using it. The weak points it had were in the joints where people had to move, as well as the armpit and groin. The reason for this is that people had to shove their arms through there, so it couldn't be made of solid metal, and the groin was unprotected to make riding a horse easier. After all, if you had that armor, then you were a knight, and if you were a knight, you had a horse. Your groin is always sitting on the horse, so it makes a lot of sense that they wouldn't give it much protection. Of course, targeting the weak points in the middle of a fight isn't the easiest thing in the world, so techniques were invented to deal with it without targeting weak points. For the sword, this meant the murder stroke: Grab your sword by the blade and bludgeon your foe with the handle. Alternatively, you could end him rightly by unscrewing the pommel and throwing it vigorously at him. This technique was actually found in a set of accurate combat manuals, and is suspected to be the first trolling in recorded history - countless people must have died when they actually tried this.

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