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The cuisse was a piece of plate armour that protected the leg above the knee - some sources will call these greaves, although strictly those were armour for the lower leg only. The cuisse also traditionally covered only the front and sides (sometimes only the outside) of the leg, especially in the case of those designed to be worn by horsemen, relying on faulds, pteruges or a mail skirt for the balance of protection.

Although the design evolved over the centuries, this was a fairly ancient piece of armour and was made in all sorts of metals by many different cultures.


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