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Depictions of maille shirts from the pre-viking period, the eighth, ninth and tenth centuries suggest that they had sleeves around elbow length, and reached to mid-thigh length when belted.

English maille shirts are often shown with ‘dagged’ edges around the sleeves and hem.

Such shorter maille shirts remained in use in the twelfth century and beyond. While the knightly elite preferred longer hauberks, less wealthy serjeants and town militia continued to use older armour. It is quite possible that viking-age maille shirts were lengthened and remained in use for centuries.