Great Helms

On the cusp of The Scourge:Nostrum release date, I thought it might be helpful to provide a few details about the helmets that Edward and Tristan wear (or should I say, the helmets that Edward wears and Tristan is always losing).

A Germanic great helm.  No “none shall pass” jokes please.

Both Edward and Tristan wear great helms. Edward’s, I imagine, is something like the example to the left. In the late 14th century, Great helms like these were slowly being phased out by bascinets and sallets. The great helms were clunky, provided poor visibility, and the visors couldn’t be raised. Even worse, the flat tops were catastrophically bad when struck by warhammers or the spikes on polaxes. But Edward was an old-school knight. And he would have shunned the new styles for as long as possible.

Many knight helmets of this period had crests on them, and we know from historical records that Edward’s bore a unicorn. (I’m not certain he would have worn the crest while questing, but I thought it added more personality and detail.) Knights wearing these sorts of helmets occasionally wore a bevor or gorget as well. This was a metal or leather collar that would protect the throat, although a chain mail coif was probably more common.  Below are some examples of what Edward and Tristan’s helmets might have looked like when new.

This one has a rounded top and a little more flash. Tristan would be more likely to wear it than Edward.

The helmet I displayed at the top of the page might have looked more like this when it was newly forged, although I doubt the air holes and cross would have been so cleanly cut.

The decorative fabric on this helmet looks nice, but is the last thing you want when facing a horde of clutching plaguers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nice side view on a short great helm. I like the squatness of this helmet. It doesn’t seem quite as cumbersome as the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back (hopefully tomorrow) to talk about the release of The Scourge: Nostrum tomorrow. If you buy it, please drop me a line and let me know what you think of the first episode. I hope to see all of you on the Amazon Discussion Forums!

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