This stylish Gambeson is perfect for medieval and Renaissance fairs. However, in times of yore, this piece of clothing was more than a style statement. Imagine a peeved enemy having a go at you with his sword. Would the mail shirt protect you? To an extent, yes. However, it was always possible for a heavy weapon to penetrate the rings of the shirt or, if not that, generate enough blunt force trauma to break bones and injure internal organs. The gambeson greatly reduced these types of injuries.
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