A quilted tunic that was often worn over a hauberk or other armour since the twelfth century for its additional defensive value and padding. It was made of two pieces of quilted course linen stuffed with flax or rags. Also sometimes spelled 'gambeson.'
Related term(s): Gambeson; Tunic; Hauberk; Aketon; Hacqueton; Armour
Category: Armour and Shields
Last modified: 06.01.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 38.