as you can see this is a scene about the Bayeux tapestry. in this scene they are all using kite shields. They were very popular in the 11th century because they were relatively light and did withhold quite a lot of damage.
Detail of Light Field Armour of Sir John Smythe, 1585
This is a very detailed diagram of armour. As you can see there is definitely more than the naked eye can see.
13th century man at war!!!!
armours difference different countries
Medieval Helmet Types
Leafblade Broadsword this was the most lethal sword and was the sharpest of them all.
Rapier Made in Solingen, Germany 1590-1610
This is my favourite weapon - Italian rapier and French smallsword.
These were the basic guards for the Knights.