We designed this model of gambeson specially for women.
Womens gambeson is not historically correct, but it is very comfortable, because it's cut for female forms.
Firm leather straps on the sides allow to draw ladies gambeson tight and fit it perfectly.
Female Gambeson has 2 color variants in stock and 4 custom color variants for additional price 20 €, as it would be sewn after order:
Top fabric - Cotton
Lining fabric - Cotton
Fastenings - Leather laces
Padding - 100% natural wadding (50% wool and 50% cotton)
Layers of padding - 1
Sleeves stitching - With holes under the armpits
Type of production - machine sewing
Buying our gambeson you get:
Ideal value for such money.
If you need an instruction how to take care your gambeson, just follow the link.
|Padding||100% natural wadding: 50% wool and 50% cotton|
|Layers of padding||1 layer|
|Sleeves stitching||With holes under the armpits|
Medieval warrioresses– truth or fiction?
In the Middle Ages, a woman was considered if not as a second-rate creature, but, at any case, as much weaker and challenged human being. Nevertheless throughout history there have been many examples when beautiful ladies fought along with men. There are also evidences when women participated not only in long campaigns and bloody battles, but also led them. In addition to world-famous Jeanne d'Arc, there were other warrioresses, no less brave and talented.
It would be enough to recall Jeanne de Penthièvre, the Duchess of Breton, who had to take command of the so-called “war of the Breton succession” (1342-1364) by chance.
The Lombard princess Sikelgaita (1040-1090), who was very indomitable, together with her second husband Robert “Resourceful” Guiscard took part in the numerous battles for Salerno and Sicily and also conducted the siege of Trani. During the battle of Dyrrhachium, she dressed herself in a knight's armor, managed to take command, stop the Normans retreat and launch a counterattack for the Varangian army.
The Queen of Mercia Ethelflaeda (870-918) actively helped her husband Ethelred to drive out the Vikings from the North Scotland. In addition, she was able to build efficient protective buildings against their raids. This lady not without a reason received the nickname “Iron Lady of Mercia”.
Angus McBride (1931-2007) Ethelflaeda, Lady of the Mercians, Historical Warrior Illustration Series Part XII
We should mention here the princess Matilda of Tuscany (1045-1115), Theresa of Portugal (1080-1130), who led her troops into battle, the Queen of Scots Euphemia de Ross (? -1386), who personally commanded the raid against the British forces, and Joan of Brittany (1341-1402), who often wore armor.
In addition to these noble female warrior leaders, many lower-class women, whose names have not reached us, took part in the bloody battles of that period and fought alongside their brothers and husbands. The undeniable fact is that the fair sex also participated in the Crusades, and they, for example, fought along with men during the siege of Accra. This was evidenced by both European and Arab chroniclers.
We also cannot with absolute certainty reproduce the armor that warrioresses used in the Middle Ages. Researchers from the New York’s “Metropolitan Museum of Art” confirm that there is no a single historically authentic picture of a woman in armor made during her lifetime. Even the lifetime portrait of “The Maid of Orléans” captured her without combat clothing, although, as it is known, King Charles VII ordered to make armor suitable for her.
Armor for beautiful ladies
Many medieval chroniclers and authors of stories describe warrioresses, endowing them with masculine features. Of course in the mind of a medieval man, a noble lady is a delicate and weak creature. It is not surprising that the brave, resolute and tough ladies, who participated in the campaigns or commanded the siege of the fortresses, seemed completely devoid of femininity. Therefore, to emphasize the tenderness of their heroines, the authors often add special characteristic details to the description of warrioresses. These were, for example, loose long hair or a particularly feminine type of armor – less coarse and closed than the traditional knight’s armor.
However, most historians tend to believe that these descriptions contradict the reality and pursue another goal – to give the literary characters more femininity in order to make them more authentic for the medieval reader. Experts believe, and not without a reason, that in reality, plate armor for women had little difference from the traditional male one, except only by size. And the medieval padded armor, worn under the armor for damage absorption, was absolutely necessary attribute of reliable protection.
What does the witch elf need?
Similarly, the attempts of modern authors and artists working in the fantasy style look ridiculous to present armor for elf princess and fairies in the form of steel bras, worn without gambeson on the naked body. In addition to the above, the main function of the armor, namely to survive the stabbing, does not take into account. If the female’s armor is breast-shaped, this design directs the force of the impact directly to the center of the sternum. Therefore, only a convex cuirass can save its owner from a serious injury, and even from death. And the padded or quilted armor must be necessarily worn under the steel armor.
To participate in role-playing games or stunt battles based on the fantasy books, modern warrioresses need reliable armor, which only experienced professionals can make. Only in this case, the breastplate or brigandine will be able to provide really high-quality protection. And in order to ensure that cold steel does not harm the delicate female skin, we offer excellent female gambesones from a various materials and different types of cutting. Our products will both satisfy the most whimsical female taste and show reliability and historical authenticity.