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 Greek hoplites wear fitted bronze helmets c. -500 Corinthian helmet
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 Battle of Thermopylae -480
 Persians destroy Athens -480
 Persians defeated at Plataea -479
 Plataea as a turning point -479
 Temujin becomes Genghis Khan 1206
 Mongols cut a swathe through Asia c. 1220
 Mongol cavalry have steel armour c. 1250 Mongol cavalryman
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 Baybars wins at Ayn Jalut 1260
 Noblemen in Europe ride into battle with their heads entirely protected in great helms c. 1350 One of just three surviving great helms
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 Constantinople bombarded by massive gun 1453
 Constantinople falls to Turks 1453
 The Turks cast a great gun which becomes one of many guarding the Dardanelles 1464 Dardanelles gun
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 Henry VIII is king of England 1509
 Francis I is king of France 1515
 Francis I invites Henry VIII to a lavish encounter in France 1520
 Field of Cloth of Gold 1520 Armour worn by Henry VIII in 1520
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 French king prisoner at Pavia 1525 Near-contemporary painting of the battle
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 Babur wins at Panipat 1526 Elephant armour of a type probably worn at Panipat
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 A grand suit of armour is decorated in a new style, possibly for Henry II of France c. 1550 The Lion armour
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 King of France killed jousting at a wedding 1559
 Sir John Smythe commissions a suit of armour because of the threat from Spain c. 1585 Battlefield armour of the 1580s
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 Spanish Armada defeated 1588
 Tokugawa Ieyasu wins Japan's civil war 1600
 Tokugawa Ieyasu is shogun 1603
 The shogun presents an agent of the East India Company with a gift for his king 1613 Suit of Japanese armour
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 Clive interferes in Bengal 1757
 A quilted armour, in an ancient Indian style, is made probably for Tipu Sultan c. 1790 Quilted armour from Seringapatam
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 Tipu Sultan killed 1799
 Nelson dies at Trafalgar 1805
 The City of London commissions a sword to honour Collingwood for his role at Trafalgar 1805 Presentation sword for Lord Collingwood
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 Nelson in Trafalgar Square 1843