The Armor 2003 Wall Calendar has 12 months of beautiful armour pictures from one of the United States finest collections of medieval and Renaissance armor and weaponry. The first full suits of plate armor began to supplant chain mail at the turn of the fifteenth century. They drew their beauty from a purity of line and the play of light on the subtle shapes of their constituent plates. Bright plumes and heraldic devices added color to the spectacle. A century later, armour's usefulness in battle had begun to wane-the spread of firearms eventually rang its death knell as combat dress. But a fine suit of armor still served as an expression of its wearer's wealth, taste, and social rank; noblemen wore armour of the best steel, finest workmanship, and most lavish embellishment that their means would allow. Concise notes on armour manufacture and design and on warfare, chivalry, and ceremony complement the superb arms and armor reproduced in this calendar. Published with the Cleveland Museum of Art. ISBN 0-7649-1925-0 ; Size: 12 x 13"; opens to 12 x 26" WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!
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