A Don’s Armory

On March 24, 2014 by tuckerj17

don-quijote-mancha-16736822c2Don Quijote is clearly no legendary warrior like The Cid or the French epic hero Roland, however his choice of weapons and armor very closely resembles what they would have used while they rode into battle.

In chapters 1 and 2 of Don Quijote, Cervantes goes into detail describing the weapons and armor that Quijote himself carries along with him during his adventures.  The first of these is his great-grandfather’s set of armor, which is described to have been sitting idle for more than a century.  However, this still could have been in use for longer before then, as sets of armor would be passed down from generation to generation of noble families.  A set of armor such as this one would consist of a cuirass (which covers the torso and chest), pauldrons (shoulder guards which strap onto the cuirass and possibly connect to pieces of plate to guard the arms), and a set of greaves (a number of plates that protect the thighs).  While not described in the book, it is also likely that Don Quijote wore either some sort of chainmail or thick leather beneath the plate armor to provide protection for uncovered areas.

In addition to the armor, Don Quijote also employs the use of a lance/spear (which is used many times to charge targets while on horseback), a small shield, and of course his infamous cardboard helmet.