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Armor is the protection for the body worn in battle Some of the pieces of armor that would be used are mail plate armor leather shields and helmets Mail needed all the skill of a master craftsman The iron wire could not be made in large amounts because there were no machines to make it like there are today Each piece had to be made slowly and painfully by hand A piece of iron was hammered into a flat plate This was cut into thin strips and each strip was hammered until it was round and thin enough to work with The metal was hammered cold because this made the links much stronger The strip was wound around an iron bar When it was slipped off the bar it looked like a spring Each loop of it was snipped off The ends of the loop were hammered flat and a hole was poked at the end of each side of the loop The loop was then passed through another loop of mail and fastened with a rivet which went through the holes at the end of the loops It took patience hard work and skill to make mail Without being damaged mail could turn swords and spears sideways While wearing mail knights could still move about freely and be just as menacing Mail was one of the most popular pieces of armor There were many different kinds of mail There was strong mail okay or medium mail and cheap mail The cheap mail was worn by the lower ranking knights the medium mail was worn by he middle Keaton 2 classed knights and the strong mail was worn by the high ranging knights the noblemen and the kings Under all this mail there was a seven inch thick slab of lambs wool The wool was to stop arrows from penetrating the skin if it got through the armor Many people wore mail in
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