Both Norman and Saxon warriors are represented wearing the chain-mail armour of linked iron rings. The Norman name for this military vestment was Hauberk, derived from Halaberg, (a protection for the throat). The hauberk descended below the knee, was cut a little way at the front and back for convenience in riding, and appeared to terminate in short trousers. The method of strapping behind the knee gave this appearance of trousers. It was a long sleeved tunic ending in mittens, a coif or hood for the head and additional extensions for the lower leg called 'chausses'. This tunic was possibly fashioned after the 'byrnie', which was a padded mail shirt, covered with metal rings and worn by the Anglo-Saxon warrior.
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