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Saxon armour & weapons

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A description of a thegn warrior serving King Athestan; the armour he wears and his weapons such as the kite shield and battle axe

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As you can see I am dressed ready for battle. I’m wearing my ordinary clothes underneath, a pair of woollen hose shirt and tunic. On top of this I have a heavily padded linen coat called a Gambeson and on top of that, a coat of mail. On my head I have a mail coif here which helps to protect my head neck and shoulders and all this is topped off with a conical shaped helmet with a nose guard. Around my waist you can see I have a belt, complete with a sword and scabbard. In battle I carry what is called a kite shield, which is better than the more traditional round shield because it’s lighter, and covers more of my body especially when I am on horse back. And here is my battle-axe, together with my shield they really are the tools of my trade. I can push with the shield and cut down and across with the axe. Mind you, I do have another weapon, a spear, as you can see this one has a long pointed blade which is sharpened on both sides, it helps to keep the enemy at a distance.
Eras: 
Anglo Saxon
Topics: 
Uniforms & Equipment
Weapons
Character: 
Saxon warrior
Key words: 
saxon, anglo saxon, thegn, warrior, england, king, woollen hose, tunic, gambeson, mail, chainmail, coif, helmet, belt, sword, scabbard, kite shield, shield, axe, spear, armour, weapon, weapons, KS2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Key Stage 2