Medieval re-enactment events give the public a chance to live out the experiences of people from the Middle Ages. Women are able to put on armour and cosplay as knights. Due to the male hierarchy of the medieval time period, it is easy to assume that there were no armour-clad women. However, this is not the case.
An Iconic Example
Perhaps the most famous example is Joan of Arc. This French teenager was nicknamed the Maid of Orléans and is considered a national hero. She played a significant role during the Lancastrian part of the Hundred Years’ War. Joan went into battle dressed in armour and won a number of high profile victories. She ended the siege of Orléans in just nine days and defeated the English at the Battle of Patay. After her death, Joan even became canonised as a saint by the Roman Catholic church. She stands as an inspirational figure for many women.
In fact, she continues to influence female cosplayers who want to don armour. When wearing this type of gear, it is essential to have the right kind of clothing underneath. The women’s tops available from NA-KD will work well. These items give plenty of comfort and allow the armour wearer to move around freely. They are also reasonably priced. The money saved could go towards improving the armour or buying a new set.
Other Historical Women
Joan of Arc is just one high profile example of a female warrior. Throughout history, there were many more that are worth reading about. These fierce women might have donned armour if they were high-born and directing troop movements. Some were even members of chivalric orders. However, they would not have been granted the rank of knight due to societal barriers of the time.
This will luckily not stop modern women from putting on armour and playing the role of a knight at re-enactments. When searching for women’s tops for these events, there are several factors to bear in mind. Perhaps the most important is the fact that the armour will become hot if worn for extended periods of time. Therefore the clothing underneath will have to provide a decent level of ventilation. It is best to look through the NA-KD catalogue for items made from airy fabrics.
Furthermore, if the clothes are too modern looking, it can create an anachronistic issue. This will be prevented if the item is hidden underneath the armour. However, not all sets will cover the entire body. Consequently, the person needs to pick women’s tops that will be completely concealed. The only exception to this rule is if the item happens to fit in convincingly with the medieval aesthetic.