Developed in Germany around the late 14th Century, this was "one-piece" component armor. It included the Breastplate, Backplate and Tassets (thigh guards). Although mass produced they were often identified as being "cheaply made". This type of armor enjoyed popularity among Royalty (who would purchase the protective gear for Palace and Household Guards). Almain/Demi armor were segmented and gave the wearer much needed mobility (another reason for their popularity). Some versions were highly stylized and decorated (despite their reputation as being a bit "flimsy").