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Knights in Shining Armor
As I enter the central gallery of the Arms and Armor collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, an imposing array of heraldry flags flies above me, each flag is bearing a coat of arms. Below, several armored figures stand as sentinels around the gallery. When I overhear a child expressing her wonderment
at these "knights in shining armor': I realize that she
is partially correct. Though the armor is empty, each complete suit has been assembled to create the illusion that it inhabited. The illusion is a powerful one, but Ill the exhibit offers more than just fantasy: careful attention to these remarkable items reveals the physical realities behind the legends of medieval Europe.
Crossing the main gallery, I linger in front of the armor of an Italian cuirassier, or mounted soldier, created in the early seventeenth century for both battle and tilt.
"Tilt" was used then to describe what we call a jousting tournament, in which a soldier on horseback charges forward with a lance, attempting to unseat his opponent. The armor is mcomposed of several sections hinged together to allow maximum mobility. Contrary to popular belief, these outfits were designed to be movable and light. I 权For example, they are less heavy than much of the equipment worn by soldiers today.