A long coat of mail reaching below the knees; the most important piece of protection worn defensively. In the 11c a hauberk might be worth about 30s. These coats were obviously subject to rust. The solution was a kind of varnish which gave the metal a yellow tinge, known as hauberc saffre. When the varnish had been removed through use and battle, the coat was abraded with sand, after which another coat was applied. Colour could be added to the varnish as the owner wished. -

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  • Hauberk — Hauberk, Museo de Bayeux. Hauberk es una armadura de mallas europea, cuyo nombre es de origen alemán (Halsberge). Los romanos atribuyeron su invención a los celtas, de quienes las adaptaron. El ejemplar más antiguo perteneció a Venceslao I de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Hauberk — Hau berk (h[add] b[ e]rk), n. [OF. hauberc, halberc, F. haubert, OHG. halsberc; hals neck + bergan to protect, G. bergen; akin to AS. healsbeorg, Icel. h[=a]lsbj[ o]rg. See {Collar}, and {Bury}, v. t.] A coat of mail; especially, the long coat of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hauberk — c.1300, from O.Fr. hauberc coat of mail, earlier holberc, from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *halsberg, lit. neck cover (Cf. O.E. halsbearh, O.H.G. halsberc), from hals neck (see COLLAR (Cf. collar)) + bergan to cover, protect …   Etymology dictionary

  • hauberk — [hô′bərk] n. [ME hauberc < OFr < Frank * halsberg (akin to OE healsbeorg), protection for the neck, gorget < hals, the neck (see COLLAR) + bergan, to protect] a medieval coat of armor, usually of chain mail …   English World dictionary

  • Hauberk — A hauberk is a shirt of mail armour. The term is usually used to describe a shirt reaching at least to mid thigh and including sleeves. Haubergeon ( little hauberk ) generally refers to a shorter variant with partial sleeves, but the terms are… …   Wikipedia

  • Hauberk — A chainmail protective shirt with sleeves and it usually reached down to about thigh height. It was sometimes made from materials other than chain mail. Coat of mail (armour). See also Fief de Haubert. a long coat of mail, knee length or longer,… …   Medieval glossary

  • hauberk — noun A coat of mail; especially, the long coat of mail of the European Middle Ages, as contrasted with the habergeon, which is shorter and sometimes sleeveless. The hauberk was a complete covering of mail from head to foot. It consisted of a hood …   Wiktionary

  • hauberk — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French hauberc, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English healsbeorg neck armor Date: 14th century a tunic of chain mail worn as defensive armor from the 12th to the 14th century …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hauberk — /haw berrk/, n. Armor. a long defensive shirt, usually of mail, extending to the knees; byrnie. [1250 1300; ME < OF hauberc, earlier halberc < Frankish *halsberg, equiv. to *hals neck (see HAWSE) + *berg protection (see HARBOR); c. OHG halsberc… …   Universalium

  • HAUBERK —    a coat or tunic of mail made of interwoven steel rings and extending below the knees …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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