Item of clothing worn on the medieval battlefields. Comprises 42 layers of wool and linen, soaked in either vinegar, salt water, wine or urine to make them stiff and tough to break through. Often either tied or buckled at the front, hence the modern word "jacket". Mostly foot soldiers and Billmen would wear them, as they were the poorer ranks and would not neccessarily own plate armour.
by Taz June 02, 2004