The Armour for a Courtier of Elizabeth I including close helmet fitted onto the collar

Armour for a courtier of Queen Elizabeth I

Dates from about 1590 | English, Greenwich | Object number: II.40, IV.581

This is the only armour in the gallery that is made up for the tourney. A tourney was fought between two teams on horseback, first with lances and then with swords.

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Elizabethan armours

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The related documents below are free articles from Henry VIII: Arms and the Man.

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  • Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII to the English throne, this definitive publication illustrates and records over 90 Henrician treasures from the Royal Armouries’ own collections and from around the world


There will be plenty of SUMMER FUN activities to keep the children entertained at Fort Nelson, from Thursday 23 July – Monday 31 August 2015.

23 July 2015

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