Medieval History Term of the Week: Kettle Hat

Kettle Hat (*also known as chapel de fer in French)

Strong yet light open-faced helmet popular with both knights and infantry throughout the 1300-1500 period, having a conical crown and wide brim. (Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 249)

*term definition retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (

William of Tyre, the Archbishop of Tyre and Chancellor of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, references the chapel de fer in his “History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea.

Armez aloit de haubert le chapel de fer en la teste entour les engins et sovent estoit entre les assailleeurs; de paroles les amonestoit mout bien et donoit granz dons a ceus qui bien le fesoient.

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