French Soldiers Weighed Down by Armour at Agincourt

Posted by admin on Jul 21, 2011

France may have lost the battle of Agincourt because their soldiers’ armour was so heavy it left them breathless, researchers have claimed. Wearing a full suit of armour doubled the amount of energy used in battle, according to a new study in which volunteers dressed as 15th century knights were made to run on a treadmill.

The exertion of carrying the steel plate armour, which weighed between 30 and 50kg, (66-110lb), would have placed additional weight on each limb and hampered the wearer’s breathing, making them weaker in a fight.

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