Medieval Collectibles

Collecting medieval items can be an exhilarating journey into history, but collectors must always ensure that they authenticate their finds to ensure they purchase genuine artifacts with historical value.

History

The Middle Ages are an era that spans from the fall of Rome, until the fall of Constantinople.  During this era, there were many political upheavals, such as Viking invasions, the Hundred Years War, and Black Death.  Additionally, many prominent names like Joan of Arc, King Arthur, and Charlemagne lived during this time.

Events

Anyone interested in medieval armor, weapons and clothing, as well as historical reenactments, will find that fairs provide the ideal place for them. These events usually focus on an alternative timeframe from today’s reality, making it the perfect place for people seeking an escape from everyday worries for an afternoon or two.

Fairs offer much more than food and drinks.  Many also feature live entertainment such as jousting, musicians, stage shows or other types of performances. Some even feature blacksmiths or other craftspeople!

Many online medieval shops sell both decorative and functional medieval armor. Steel armor is commonly sold, including pieces such as leg armor, arm armor and chest armor.  Other types are also available such as chainmail and leather armor, either as individual items or sets. These products can be bought individually or all together.

Medieval and Renaissance items are popular choices for costumes, plays, Halloween parties and other events, including LARPing, SCA and other medieval and renaissance activities. 

Weapons

Medieval weapons were often lethal weapons that matched the sophistication of knight’s armor. Swords were typically associated with this period and could be used both slashing and thrusting attacks. Other bladed weapons available at that time included the halberd and mace, Both of these blunt weapons could still penetrate enemy flesh or bones even when their metal heads failed to puncture shields.  There was even an adaptation of pickaxe known as war pick which featured protrusions designed specifically to smash through heavy armor.

Other blunt weapons included hammers, flails and bec de corbin axe-like weapons used to breach castle walls. Another type of pole weapon known as the pike served as a long lethal spear that became common during the Wars of Scottish Independence.  When wielded together they formed tight arrays known as schiltrons.

The sling was an increasingly popular medieval weapon that utilized rope or leather straps to launch projectiles at opponents. Though simple in concept, its effectiveness proved overwhelming under experienced hands. A similar device, the trebuchet or catapult, could also be used for this purpose, and used for throwing large rocks or explosives at castle walls.

Armor

Armor is the material worn to protect a warrior’s body during combat, from leather hauberks in medieval Europe to full plate suits worn by Renaissance and medieval knights. Not only must armor provide physical protection, but it must also allow the wearer to run and ride freely while providing enough strength against sword or arrow strikes.

In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, armor could be produced more rapidly and inexpensively thanks to water-powered trip hammers which made forming thick metal plates easier.  This process was able to increase production considerably, but taking as long as ten months at peak quality levels!

There are numerous romantic legends and gory myths surrounding armor production, often due to misunderstanding about its history or production process. Unfortunately, such misconceptions continue even after being disproved time after time.

Combat effectiveness was dependent upon the weapons being employed.  For instance, heavy breast and back plates worn by knights tended to reduce an arrow’s effectiveness, but weren’t effective against sword thrusts that penetrated softer areas such as abdomen or thighs. Therefore, polearms such as halberds or pikes that could get between plates were developed in order to deliver lethal blows against armored opponents.

Armor manufacturers were forced to adapt with weaponry developments as manufacturers sought to provide maximum protection while keeping weight and mobility to a minimum. Designs often became more functional than beautiful.  For instance, torso plates in armor suits might feature shield or trunnel shapes to facilitate carrying or riding them more easily.

Clothing

At first glance, medieval fashion primarily recalls the lavish clothes worn by nobility and clergy.  Yet everyday clothes worn by peasants, traders, and craftspeople tell a fascinating tale of practicality, resourcefulness, and subtle personal expression within strict social norms. Clothing for the poorest classes typically consisted of rough wool or linen woven by women in households.  They were dyed using natural dyes found everywhere, from plants roots, lichens, tree bark nuts, crushed insects, and molluscs all the way through to iron oxide pigments!

By the 14th century, clothing had become more diverse and sophisticated due to the expansion of cities, trade, warfare, and an expanding merchant class. Men typically wore tunics, long stockings, coats or surcoats and gold or silver lace on them.  The wealthy classes wore elaborately brocaded or embroidered hose, and long gowns with matching hats as part of their attire.

Male and females alike embraced hennins, headpieces resembling two cones joined together with an attached veil that could range in height from very low to nearly, high and be decorated or personalized to suit individual style.

Religious Artifacts

Relics were revered religious artifacts revered during the Middle Ages. Relics typically consisted of pieces of cloth touched by holy figures or their mortal remains (such as bone fragments). Relics were kept in specially made reliquaries designed for them and often used to perform miracles or protect people against plague or other disasters.

Reliquary crafting was a thriving industry during the Middle Ages, and ivory became especially favored for making such items. They could be found displayed in churches or bought by royalty and nobles.  More valuable items could even come with miraculous stories that increased their fame even further.

The Catholic Church categorized relics into three classes, depending on their relationship to saints. Relics that had touched saints’ bodies such as their teeth or bone fragments were classified as first-class items; second-class items included fabric worn by them; while third-class relics included items connected with their suffering and death, such as spikes from Jesus’ cross that was crucified.

Many religions practice the practice of worshipping and preserving relics. Christianity venerates many relics associated with Jesus’s crucifixion and death on a cross, typically stored in churches but sometimes private collections as well. Muslims also revere their Relics known as The Sacred Trusts which include Mohammed’s turban, sword, hair clippings from various prophets, as well as nail clippings from others who lived prior to him.

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