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In lucid textual content and designated, attractive illustrations, Charlotte and David Yue inform the interesting tale of armor.

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Steel is The iron was then wrapped in strips of goatskin, covered and heated for a long time. Carbon would very slowly hog's lard. in clay, diffuse into the iron, increasing the carbon content of the piece. could also be hardened by quenching, a method in which the ironsmith plunged the red-hot metal into liquid. Water provides the most rapid cooling, but again, brittleness was a problem. Certain waters were supposed to have special quenching propSteel hot steel was quenched in but also less hard.

Medieval engineers developed many ways to apply power from After the iron was At first, this waterwheels to industrial processes. Throughout the Middle Ages, water power and specialization of labor became more important in the production of armor. Sometimes, plates of iron were produced in mills owned by the armorer, but as the craft of the armorer became more impor- THE ARMORER AND HIS CRAFT tant and involved large the plates beaten out trade, it 35 was more convenient to have in special mills, before they w^ent to the armorer.

Carbon would very slowly hog's lard. in clay, diffuse into the iron, increasing the carbon content of the piece. could also be hardened by quenching, a method in which the ironsmith plunged the red-hot metal into liquid. Water provides the most rapid cooling, but again, brittleness was a problem. Certain waters were supposed to have special quenching propSteel hot steel was quenched in but also less hard. erties. If brittle, A better way to make oil or air-cooled, hard, flexible steel was to it was quench less it in water and then reheat it carefully to temper it.

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