I can see from this quora post leather straps were used throughout history, but was that all that was used, and where typically (if there's well defined types of attachment) did various parts attach to and from?

All I could find was a list of armour components, but that page explicitly does not

identify fastening components or various appendages [...] or clothing

So I'm left wondering what was used and how, to attach and secure armour?

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    I've found this video from university of Southampton on how to dress a plate armour, it shows quite well all the pieces and how they were attached
    – Dan M
    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:48
  • @DanM, I can't access youtube at the moment, but if you were able to transcribe the most salient points it would definitely make at least the start of a good answer. Nov 26, 2021 at 11:36
  • Do we assume that there was one standard method? Or would the method have varied by manufacturer?
    – MCW
    Nov 30, 2021 at 13:47
  • @MCW I'd assume if one or more methods worked really well, then all the armourers/fitters would either share that knowledge or stumble upon it independantly? Nov 30, 2021 at 13:48

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If you want to have a look at how individual pieces of armour can be attached, you could take a look at the online shops which target medieval enthusiasts and re-enactors.

Visit the site below, and look for individual pieces.

While, this is strictly speaking not totally, historically accurate, it should give you a good guideline of how it can work.

Plate armour section from a German shop, which shows some of the individual pieces in the context of the wearer. There are plenty of other online shops, which offer different pieces and styles of armour.

Here's a loose list of informative YouTube Channels, feel free to expand the list.

This channel is thematically dead-on if you look for information regarding plate armour and everything that goes with it, i.e., the soft kit underneath, maintenance, etc.

  • It might be worth also pointing out videos by Toby Capwell, as {here](youtube.com/watch?v=lvNhje84Iwg). He is not only a historian but also a re-enactor for more than two decades. He notes that while there are have been some useful modern innovations in armour, for the most part re-enactors have, over the past 40 years, rediscovered authentic Medieval techniques and design decisions as they have perfected their craft. Dec 2, 2021 at 12:41
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    Yes, and many more. I intentionally did not list YouTube channels, of which several spring to mind, since the OP mentioned in a comment that he/she hasn't access to YouTube. I will add a list of informative channels to my answer nevertheless.
    – Dohn Joe
    Dec 2, 2021 at 12:55
  • If you have access to a university library I am sure Capwell has published papers as well. He is an active historian and Medieval European armour is his specialty Dec 3, 2021 at 1:43

If you play the video game Batman: Arkham Knight, it actually borrows the same concept: The suit is armor worn underneath a image of a video game character wearing modern armor to hold the armor plates.

Real knights used similar systems, knights wore a long tunic shirt called a aketon or gambeson which had attachment points to tie one's armor on.

historically accurate gambeson

Men's gambeson, c. 1660–1670. Collection Centraal Museum, Utrecht.


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    I'm not confident the analogy with that video game is either a) an accurate representation or b) relevant? Dec 8, 2021 at 10:45

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