The Middle Ages covered a sizeable span of time, and that was time enough for the helmet to undergo many radical changes. And that's why the Medieval Helmets section of Medieval Armour is so full of different styles, because between classic medieval helmets and newer renaissance helmets, there were a lot of helms for a warrior to choose from. There is no one true medieval helmet, simply because, as stated above, the helmet underwent a lot of changes during medieval times, as warriors were constantly adapting their armour to suit the most pressing needs possible. This is why our medieval helms are so varied. If you're looking for a functional helmet, though, you've come to the right place, as you'll find functional varieties of all manner of historic helmets. Knights, crusaders, and Templars will find that the bascinet helmet, the great helmet, the sugar loaf helmet, and the sallet helmet are all typical of what many defined as a knight helmet or a crusader helmet. The regular soldier, on the other hand, will feel right at home wearing the kettle hat, the spangenhelm, or the barbute helmet, which are simpler, but no less protective. Virtually every helmet you'll find here is a steel helmet that's designed to take some level of punishment, although some are meant more for the rigors of combat while others are made first and foremost for their looks. You'll also find a number of great SCA helmets here, which are designed to take good knocks and provide more than adequate protection when facing a weighted and blunted training sword. Although there typically isn't any one perfect helmet for any particular style of warrior, you are almost certain to find one or more perfect medieval helmets for you to wear whenever you browse through Medieval Armour's section of Medieval Helms and Helmets.
The great helm is, perhaps, one of the most iconic helmets in medieval history. It possesses a well-known form that is used by many who participate in reenactments. This 14th Century Dark Knight Helm adds a twist to the classic design.
A variant of the medieval great helm, the sugar loaf helm possesses a more conical top than the original helmet design. The 14th Century Gilded Sugar Loaf Visored Helmet displays a golden cross shape over the front of the face.
Known historically for its thorough protection, the shape of the 14th Century Great Helmet saw popular use among crusading knights. This medieval helmet has a flat, circular top, narrow eye slits, and a wide, vented lower front.
A variant of the medieval great helm, the sugar loaf helm possesses a more conical top than the original helmet design. The 14th Century Sugar Loaf Visored Helmet displays a subtle cross shape over the front of the face.
A sallet is often regarded as the forerunner of the modern-day combat helmet, and when you are looking at this 15th Century Sallet, it is not hard to see why, as this helmet possesses a shape that provides good coverage and protection.
When wearing a helmet, protection is good, but comfort must also be a consideration. After all, a protective helm that is impossible to wear, is not worth much. This 17th Century Closed Burgonet blends protection and comfort perfectly.
The Alberto Morion Steel Helmet is based on historic helms often associated with Spanish conquistadors, though soldiers across Europe eventually wore it as well. The helmets distinctive crest was intended to strengthen its design.
First produced in England around 1011, the kettle hat was the helm of choice of many foot soldiers and men-at-arms. As its name implies, this Archers Banded Kettle Helm would have been a good helm for archers, thanks to its open design.
This Spangenhelm style was made specifically for archers, the nasal being omitted to provide greater visibility. Our Spangenhelm is crafted in 14 gauge steel. The helm has an adjustable (spider style) leather liner and chinstrap.
Based on the Kegelhelm of medieval Asia and Europe, the Arlan Steel Helmet features a rounded dome shape that comes to a central point and ends in a horse hair crest. An attached aventail adds further coverage to the historic design.
The Barbuta Helmet, also known as the barbute, was a visorless helmet of Italian design. This helmet is straight-forward, possessing a design similar to the classic Greek helmets of old, while providing just as much protection.
The sallet was a common helmet after their rise during the middle of the 15th century, and for good reason. Helms like this Basic Sallet Helmet were rather protective, while also lacking the drawbacks of many earlier great helmets.