Medieval Glossary

Coif (Armour)

In terms of armour, a coif is a piece of mail that is draped over the head and neck, covering and protecting them. Essentially, a coif acts as a combination helm/gorget, although it could also be worn underneath a helm and/or gorget for added protection. It was often used in combination with a hauberk.

Also used in terms of clothing. Click here to learn more.

Related term(s): Mail; Helm; Gorget; Hauberk
Category: Armour and Shields
Added: 08.07.04
Last modified: 12.31.04


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