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Helmet
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The helmet or helm was designed to protect the head, to identify the wearer and to act as a symbol of status. It has a long history as a key part of personal defence. Two types of helmet are attested from 7th- and 8th-century Anglo-Saxon England, all archaeological finds: skull-caps topped by free-standing metal figures representing boars have been found at Benty Grange, Derbyshire and Wollaston, Northamptonshire. The Benty Grange helmet, which was made with horn plates fitted into a metal frame, had a nose-guard. Helmets which covered t…

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Maria Hayward and Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Helmet”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_001070>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503



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