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The great helm, also known as the "bucket helm" or "pot helm" is one of the most intimidating helmets in history. Basically, the helm is a strong metal cylinder that encases the head. Visor slits allow somewhat restricted vision, and smaller slits near the center of the helm give the wearer the nice option of actually breathing (as well as providing some minimal amount of cooling).
These helmets were developed in the late 12th century and were especially favored by crusading knights. The helmet provided excellent protection from most weapons and seemed, at the time, to be the perfect complement to full plate armor.
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