Medieval Glossary


A part of the helm that covers and protects the eyes. Helm visors could be raised to allow for better vision. They also needed to be raised very early in the Middle Ages (before the advent of heraldry) so that knights would be able to attempt to visually identify one another, since suits of armor were virtually indistinguishable prior to the use of heraldic devices.

Related term(s): Helm; Heraldry; Breastplate; Gorget
Category: Armour and Shields
Added: 08.08.04


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