A golden 16th century embossed lions heads from the Lion Armour

The Lion armour

Dates from about 1550 | Italian | Object number: II.89

This is the finest decorated armour in the Royal Armouries collection. It was possibly made for King Henri II of France.

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It was probably once part of a small garniture with interchangeable pieces for the field and tournament.

The lion armour

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EASTERN WARRIORS: JAPAN

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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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