Medieval armour was playing a huge role in the life of European knights for centuries. Armour played not only protective role on the battlefield or during the tournament, but also was a welfare measure. Of course, not every warrior could afford full-plate armour. Most of them were equipped with one or only few elements of body protection.
German armour of the XV century was notable for sharp corners. So due its similarity to gothic style in architecture of these times, it was called gothic armour. It’s considered to be the best type of full-plate armour. Elongated shape of gauntlets’ wristbands, pointed sabatons made gothic armour very specific outer look.
Another specific feature of gothic armour was a good mobility. It was achieved due to increasing of armour’s parts and reduction of its size. Warrior could freely bend and turn, move his arms and legs in such armour.
Reinforcement ribs and ribbing of the steel surface made armour stronger and more reliable. Also, it allowed meeting hits of bladed weapon. General weight of armour was reduced as well.
Head was protected with helmet sallet with elongated back side. Metal gorget (bevor) was protecting neck and chin and used with such types of helmet.