A Man-at-arms’ Kit

A man-at-arms is the elite soldier for the military company and we expect him to be armed cap a pié (from head to toe). The required kit listed here is what you need to complete to become a companion in the group. Note that if the portrayal is to be a knight, extra kit is involved.

To present yourself as a man-at-arms, you must have at least one basic set of armor and the clothes to wear with it, a few other items and minimal weapons suitable to a man-at-arms. Please refer to our clothing glossary for definitions of the garments and check out arms and armor for details on the named items.

Required:

    • Braes: Style will be timeframe dependent.
    • Hosen: Probably “tailed” hosen. “Point” hosen for the first half of the fourteenth century, or “joined” in post 1415 timeframes
    • Shirt
    • Headwear: Necessary if your hairstyle is not a period appropriate one. Timeframe will determine the most suitable sort.
    • Arming Doublet: A lightly padded garment to wear beneath the body armor. The cut depends on timeframe.
    • Belt(s): A military girdle and/or sword belt as appropriate to timeframe.
    • Helmet(s): Metal head protection suitable to the timeframe. In the early part of the war great helms are sometimes worn over a small bascinet.
    • Pisane: A mail collar with a short skirt.
    • Mail Shirt: Of suitable style for timeframe; alternatives such as sleeves, skirts and voiders are possible, especially inn later timeframes.
    • Metal leg armor: Styles and details vary by timeframe.
    • Metal arm armor: Styles and details vary by timeframe.
    • Metal gauntlets: Styles and details vary by timeframe.
    • Shoes: Styles and details vary by timeframe.
    • Spurs: Styles and details vary by timeframe.
    • If the timeframe requires it: Cloth Covering for the Armor: Styles and details vary by timeframe.

plus:

    • Bowl: A good wooden one will do but metal is better.
    • Spoon: One with a fig shaped bowl, metal.
    • A drinking vessel: glass, metal, or fancy pottery
    • A Table Knife: with sheath or case.

Man-at-arm’s Weapons:

    • Sword: Either a single-hand “arming” sword or a longsword. Styles and details vary by timeframe.
    • Dagger: Styles and details vary by timeframe. May be optional for some timeframes.
    • Lance: Styles and details vary by timeframe.
    • Shield: Optional for timeframes after 1370

Recommended:

    • Solerets or Sabatons
    • Set of Civilian Clothes: Doublet, Gown, Hosen, Shoes, Headwear.
    • Percussive Weapon: a mace before 1370 and a poleax after.
    • Seat: Either a chair, a stool, or a seat-height chest. Required for knights.
    • Cloke, a second Cote, or second Gown: Always welcome on cold days
    • Gloves: also welcome on cold days
    • Pattens: You will be grateful of these if the ground is wet.
    • Container: A chest or two to keep your stuff in.

A knight will have:

    • A second sword: Whichever of the two basics you don’t already have.
    • A second lance: Either a jack (heavily padded garment) or a mail shirt is preferred. Other options are possible. Garment styling changes during the war.
    • Something to add to the sideboard for hastilude scenarios: A ewer, plates, saucers, etc.
    • Pennons for the lances
    • Some or all of his equipment marked with his arms or device

A “proper” knight will have:

    • Tent: preferably an arming pavilion
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