Friday, April 18, 2014

P Is For Pixane...

Pixane ~ A mail collar. In common with a gorget, it is not like a modern shirt collar. Rather, it is a circle with a hole for the neck to fit through. It covers the shoulders, breast and upper back, perhaps like an extremely small poncho.

Plackart ~ Extra layer of armour to cover the belly.

Pauldron ~ Cover the shoulder (with a dome shaped piece called a shoulder cop), armpit and sometimes the back and chest.

Poleyn ~ Plate that covers the knee, appeared early in the transition from mail to plate, later articulated to connect with the cuisses and schynbald or greave. Often with fins or rondel to cover gaps.

Poniard ~ Poignard, or poniard, (Fr.), refers to a long, lightweight thrusting knife with a continuously tapering, acutely pointed blade and crossguard, historically worn by the upper class, noblemen, or the knighthood. Similar in design to a parrying dagger, the poignard emerged during the Middle Ages and was used during the Renaissance in Western Europe, particularly in France, Switzerland, and Italy.

Pernach ~
A pernach (Russian: перна́ч, Ukrainian: пірна́ч, Polish: piernacz) is a type of flanged mace originating in the 12th century in the region of Kievan Rus' and later widely used throughout Europe. The name comes from the Slavic word перо (pero) meaning feather, referring to a type of pernach resembling an arrow with feathering. Among a variety of similar weapons developed in 12th-century Persian- and Turkic-dominated areas, the pernach became pre-eminent, being capable of penetrating plate armour and plate mail.

All right, that's it for today, see you tomorrow!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Put on all of that armor and you'd barely be able to move.

Mel Chesley said...

Well, it's no wonder armor changed so drastically over the years. It's also a wonder that the human race didn't wipe itself out. Then again, if both sides are so encumbered... gives the 100 Year War a whole new meaning. It took them 50 years just to cross the battlefield!

M.C.V. EGAN said...

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