Gambeson Patterns (was RE: [Northkeep] last night's smack down)

Marc Carlson marccarlson20 at
Thu May 29 13:55:26 PDT 2003

>From: "Peachy Keen Barbara Jean" <peachykeen at>
>You could also use several layers of batting and
>quilt it between the fabric rather than rolling
>it up and stuffing it. ;)

Absolutely - although the layers of cloth thing is how it's been described
in the period literature (if memory serves).

The theory is that the problem with the stuffing the tubes has to do with
the protection against a bladed opponent, since if the blade hits that tube,
it will glance to the side - right to where you only have two cloth layers
held together by thread.  Layering the cloth means that when you deflect the
bade between the tubes, it's still hitting the same number of layers of


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