, date of the sixth century, time of King Arthur and the Round Table; said to have belonged to the knight Sir Sagramor le Desirous; ob- serve the round hole through the chain-mail in the left breast; can't be accounted for; supposed to have been done with a bullet since invention of firearms -- per- haps maliciously by Cromwell's soldiers."
This primeval vestment reached from the throat to the knees, and served at once all the usual purposes of body-clothing; there was no wider opening at the collar, than was necessary to admit the passage of the head, from which it may be inferred, that it was put on by slipping it over the head and shoulders, in the manner of a modern shirt, or ancient hauberk
. Sandals, bound with thongs made of boars' hide, protected the feet, and a roll of thin leather was twined artificially round the legs, and, ascending above the calf, left the knees bare, like those of a Scottish Highlander.
So they made a gallant sight as they rode along side by side, and all the people shouted from where they crowded across the space from the gentlefolk; so the Sheriff and his lady came to their place, where men-at-arms, with hauberk
and spear, stood about, waiting for them.
As she looked upon her champion she saw a lithe, muscular, brown-haired youth whose clear eyes and perfect figure, unconcealed by either bassinet or hauberk
, reflected the clean, athletic life of the trained fighting man.
We have as much to fear from the tonsure as from the hauberk
. Strike at the noble and the priest shrieks, strike at priest and the noble lays his hand upon glaive.
Priests were passing in processions, beating their dreary tambourines; police and custom-house officers with pointed hats encrusted with lac and carrying two sabres hung to their waists; soldiers, clad in blue cotton with white stripes, and bearing guns; the Mikado's guards, enveloped in silken doubles, hauberks
and coats of mail; and numbers of military folk of all ranks--for the military profession is as much respected in Japan as it is despised in China--went hither and thither in groups and pairs.
Then Tuor arrayed himself in the hauberk
, and set the helm upon his head, and he girt himself with the sword; black were sheath and belt with clasps of silver.
/ Where is the helm and the hauberk
, and the bright hair flowing?" (LotR III.6.508).
He took off his head like a toupee, took off his collarbones like shoulder straps, took off his rib cage like a hauberk
. He took off his hips and his legs, he took off his arms like gauntlets and threw them in a corner.
A coat of linked mail, with long sleeves, plated gauntlets, and a steel breastplate, had not been esteemed a sufficient weight of armour; there were also his triangular shield suspended round his neck, and his barred helmet of steel, over which he had a hood and collar of mail, which was drawn around the warrior's shoulders and throat, and filled up the vacancy between the hauberk
and the headpiece.
Finally my lord Yvain smashed the knights helmet; the knight was stunned and weakened by the blow; he was confounded, for he had never before felt such a blow, which had split his head to the brain beneath the hood until the chainmail of his shining hauberk
was stained with brains and blood, which caused him such great pain that his heart nearly failed him.