The cataphract was a heavy cavalrist of low or middle high nobility. It originated in the Persian empire, but during the Roman conquest of the Balkan it was taken over by other nations. Later it was used on a large scale in the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire, where it acquired the most fame. The word cataphract comes from the Greek word for 'armoured'. This can both refer to the equestrian and the horse, both were completely covered with metal plates that were connected by leather straps. Because of the weight of this armour plate, only the strongest horses could carry the cataphract. The first battle where cataphracts are mentioned is the battle between the Hellenistic warlords and the Roman armies of emperor Hadrian.
Presumably the cataphract was used in battle until the mid-middle ages, the time of the crusades.
This unique cataphract armour plate is made of steel plates. It is delivered including a helmet with a nose piece that can be detached.
This suit of armour is custom made, click here to download the size table.
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.
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