My specialty is medieval literature, not history per se, but occasionally Mondoville kids (and a few adults) will approach me with questions about anything connected to the Middle Ages, and a large proportion of those questions relate to combat in the Age of Chivalry. Now I’m reasonably good at talking about the troubadours and the rise of the courtly romance, but nutsy-boltsy (or swordsy-helmsy) stuff? Not so much. And I certainly can’t demonstrate it — folks who have met me and know how awkward I am realize it would be like expecting a wooly mammoth to do the Macarena.
I do try to explain that knights were professional soldiers, in serious physical condition and capable of remarkable physical feats. Likewise, their weapons and armor were tools of survival. However, in future I may refer them to this nice little layman’s article that puts the medieval knight’s gear in the context of his Japanese counterpart. Pretty neat.
A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to the ONT at Ace of Spades.