A number of different kinds of armour were worn in Guto’r Glyn’s day. It is likely that some of his patrons who fought in the Hundred Years War or the Wars of the Roses would have worn full plate armour. But mail shirts, made of small interlinked iron rings, continued to be used in this period, and there were also lighter kinds of armour combining cloth, canvas or leather with iron plates, for example the brigandine for which Guto composed a request poem. The subject of another of Guto’s request poems was a kind of helmet known as a sallet.
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