Monday, August 3, 2009

Medieval family pride protection

Henry VIII's body armor, camera: Panasonic Lumix GH1

There are some surprising little piece de resistance at Tower of London Armory, that certainly deserve more of the awe.

This part of the exhibition devoted to medieval body armor mostly attracted my attention because of this little (or should we say, huge) detail. For those who missed unmissable, I snapped the photo. This body armor belonged to no ordinary mortal either, it had been made to measure for Henry VIII, the Tudor version of the modern day Idi Amin.

Although this particular body armor is plastered all over the London Tube, the lengths to which royals went in order to protect their bloodline, seem to be neglected both by historians and advertisers.