Most of the armour worn in England in the fifteenth century was not made there. As the Lancastrian dynasty collapsed, the House of York ascended, only to be overthrown in turn by the House of Tudor. In that time, vast amounts of armour were imported from abroad to meet the demands of a kingdom at war with itself.
This book completes the story begun in Armour of the English Knight 1400-1450 (2015) and continued in Armour of the English Knight 1450-1500 (2021). These books documented the evolution of the domestic English style, devised by master craftsmen active in major centres like London and York.
Now this, the final part of the series, explores the evidence for the presence of foreign armour in England. English armourers had perfected a style suited to their wealthy, aristocratic clients, while largely ignoring the much greater demand for more affordable, mass-produced armour. This market was dominated by foreign makers and merchants, who made it their business to understand the particular requirements of the warring English, in an age of bitter dynastic conflict.
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