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Study the evolution of armor throughout the Middle Ages How did the armor of the barbarians differ from that of the Carolingian period Describe the armor of a knight depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry What tactical and technological factors in the thirteenth century led to a transformation in armor construction Describe the benefits and liabilities of full plate armor in warfare As DeVries notes the most dramatic impact on Roman armor was not an introduction of technological advances but a modification in attitude towards the wearing of armor itself Most notably this attitude was formed by the invasion of the barbarians into the Empire--thus leading to the eventual barbarization of the entire Roman army and the forerunners of the Empires that spawned at the Empires end Because most of the Germanic barbarian armies were outfitted with neither breastplate armor nor even a helmet they tended to enjoy the advantage of maneuverability over the weighted-down Roman soldier Therefore the Romans quickly sought to gain the same freedom of maneuver and opted to shed their own armaments relying as the barbarians did solely upon their shields in early medieval times known as the buckler for protection However even though critics of the new unarmored troops like Vegetius expressed the vulnerability of unarmored soldiers to archer fire it must be understood that the Romans were facing an enemy in the barbarians that were just as stripped of self-defense and since the Romans had enjoyed such vast victory in the first encounters were easily rallied to commence battle against an obviously inferior foe In 792 Charlemagne altered the course of defensive armament when he required that all benefice and office holders were required to possess full armor and a shield and then again in 803 further dictated that nobles would own their own helmets and cuirasses byrnies to Carolingians He greatly understood the need to protect his individual soldiers as his armies set forth for conquest
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