Why wasn't plate armour introduced earlier in the medieval period?

Dan Howard

Ad Honorem
Aug 2014
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Australia
"It's almost as if *fashion* was a major factor, and it may well have been. "
I just had this vision
a guy turning up with breast plate armor and all the others mail covered knights laughing their heads off
cracking jokes at him
Fashion and tradition were just as important regarding armour design as protection and comfort.