Coat of Mail


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Coat of Mail

 

ancient and medieval defensive armor to protect the body. In a narrow sense, the term referred to a form of chain armor, although the latter differed from a coat of mail by having smaller rings and closer interweaving.

References in classic literature ?
Gondy, who began to feel uneasy, examined the tapestry with his eyes, touched the coat of mail which he wore under his long gown and felt from time to time to see if the handle of a good Spanish dagger, which was hidden under his cloak, was well within reach.
The Noble female RHINOCEROS or real UNICORN: A Work of Nature not to be parallel'd, being upwards of Seventy Hundred Weight; was taken from the Great Mogul by the famous Kouli Kan, and has had the Honour of being shewn before his present Majesty, and all the Royal Family; having travelled a thousand Leagues by Land, through the Great Mogul's Dominions, to Bengal, in a natural Coat of Mail or Armour, having a large Horn on her Nose, three Hoofs on each Foot and a Hide thick stuck with Scales Pistol Proof, and so surprisingly folded as not to hinder its Motions; being the only compleat Animal of its Kin, ever shewn in Europe before, and never shewn in these Parts.
Editor Michael Neill notes that "[p]resumably Cassio is wearing beneath his doublet a protective coat of mail (or 'privy coat') .