Welcome to this week’s Medieval Monday. If you’re new, every Monday I post up a new article on something medieval related. At the moment, I’m tackling specific terms found in Elven Soul that I believe younger readers may not recognize. If you ever have any suggestions for a future MM, please feel free to drop into the comments section.
A barbute was a visorless war helmet, and generally had either a T-shaped or Y-shaped opening in front for the eyes and mouth. What distinguishes a barbute from a normal helmet is 1) it didn’t have a visor, and 2)the helmet extends all the way down to cover both sides of the face. Because so much of the face and neck were protected by this design, wearing a gorget was optional.
Here’s an excerpt from Elven Soul where the term barbute is mentioned:
Colette peered about the throne room. It had grown silent, and the few imperial guards within the throne room stood tensed. From within their Y-shaped barbutes, their eyes darted from Jean to the Emperor, and Colette could see their hands visibly tighten about the hilts of their swords. There was an uneasy air about them as many shifted their weight in wary apprehension.
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