A flexible armor composed of many closely-fitting, interlocking rings usually made of wire, although sometimes they were punched out of sheet metal. In modern times, mail is often referred to as chain mail or chainmail. During the medieval period, mail was sometimes spelled maille.
Related term(s): Maille; Hauberk; Chausses (Armour); Bag Mitten; Gusset; Armour
Category: Armour and Shields
Last modified: 05.07.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 30.