Henry VII's 'Italian' bard

The Italian bard

Dates from about 1515 | Greenwich or Southwark (probably by Italian craftsmen) | Object number: VI.14–16

This Horse armour was made up of several parts. The peytral protected the horse’s chest and the crupper its rear and tail. The flanks were protected by a pair of flanchards. A shaffron protected the horse’s head and a crinet its neck (both now missing from this bard).

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The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon, the 68 pounder, was 8 inches (203 mm), the same calibre as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!

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