A piece of armour covering the forearm. In the case of plate armour, the vambrace was a long, curved plate and was worn above the rerebrace. Archers would also wear a different form of vambrace (such as one made of leather) to protect their arm from getting hurt from the release of the bowstring. This form of vambrace is also called a 'bracer.'
Related term(s): Bracer; Rerebrace; Plate Armour; Codiere; Couter; Besagues
Category: Armour and Shields
Last modified: 04.30.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 33.