Gotlander Warrior, Battle of Visby, 1361

The Battle of Visby was fought between the Danish army of King Valdemar Atterdag and the inhabitants of the island of Gotland. It was an extremely ferocious clash that saw the triumph of the best-armed Danes. A series of archaeological excavations on the site allowed to find the remains of 1185 individuals.
The remains of more than twenty armor were also found. These coat-of-plates are very interesting and extremely important because of their rarity, but also because they illustrate a moment of transition from the chainmail to the plate armor of the XV and XVI century.
These coat-of-plates (transitional armour) consist of overlapping and riveted metal strips on a support or covering of leather or canvas, with the rivets left clearly visible.

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