Category Archives: 12th Century

Middle ages costumes in 12th Century

William Longespée, 1st Earl of Salisbury.

Effigy, William Longespée, 1st Earl of Salisbury, Knight, 13th century, costume, dress, armour, middle ages, crusader

Effigy of William Longespée, 1st Earl of Salisbury, son of Henry II ‘Curtmantle’ d’Anjou, King of England and Ida de Tosny.

William Longespée, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1167-1226, also William I Longespée or Lungespée).

dropcap, Inkunabel, Initial, middle ages. 13th century, illuminated manuscript, Henry Shaw

Initial letter from MS. Arundel, No. 91. Known as Psalter and Book of Hours (the ‘Howard Psalter and Hours’), 14th century. Attributed to John of Metz ‘De Lisle Psalter’

MUCH of romantic interest is attached to the name of Longuespee. The first of the name, who is represented in our plate, was the son of King Henry II. by his celebrated mistress, Fair Rosamond.

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Knights in combat. England 13th century

Knights fighting, England 13th century, Middle ages, combat,Henry Shaw, armour

Medieval knights in combat. MS. Reg. 20 D, I.

KNIGHTS FIGHTING.

Q- dropcap, Inkunabel, Initial, middle ages. 13th century, illuminated manuscript, Henry Shaw

Q- dropcap. Royal Library, Paris 13th century.

QUIETNESS and peace were not among the most prominent characteristics of those ages, in which, unfettered by the sage power of judicious and efficient laws, people were taught to seek justice rather by their own strength, than by the intermediation of others. At that period, the songs which sounded most musical to the ears of the iron-cased barons were the romances that told of hard blows and doughty adventures, and the pictures most beautiful to their eyes were such as those which we here give in ouer plate.

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King and Knight. Dresses of ceremony.

Costumes, Middle ages, Knight, England King, 12th century, Henry shaw

King and Knight.

King and Knight. England 12th century.

Initial letter, middle ages manuscript

D-Intial Letter. MS. Arundel, No. 91

DRESSES of ceremony for solemn occasions, particularly with persons in exalted stations, suffer fewer changes in the course of time, than those in common use. Our plate represents a king- of the latter end of the twelfth century, dressed in his robes of state; but we may probably take it as a good example of the regal costume during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

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Fashion history of medieval England. 12th, 13th c.

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Richard I, medieval England, King, middle ages, 12th century fashion

RICHARD I., 1189-1199. (also “Richard the Lionheart”, “Richard Plantagenêt”, “Richard Ier Cœur de Lion”.)

Fashion history of medieval England from 1154 to 1216.

Anjou-Plantagenêt ruling dynasty.

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The Norman fashion period. England 1066-1154.

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Empress Matilda, female regent, England, history, Middle ages, 12th century, costumes

The Lady of the English on her visit to Winchester on 3rd March 1141. Matilda was given a formal welcome to Winchester and handed the keys to the treasury.
Empress Matilda (also Empress Maude 1102 – 1167) was the first female regent of the kingdom of England, but was not crowned.

The Norman Period

William the Conqueror, 1066-1087.

by Mrs. Charles H. Ashdown.

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England medieval clothing 1200 to 1300.

England medieval clothing 12th, 13th century.

From left: Physician, Gentleman, Bishop, King, Queen, Costume of a Lady, Nobleman, Rustic.

England medieval clothing 1200 to 1300.

From left: Physician, Gentleman, Bishop, King, Queen, Costume of a Lady, Nobleman, Rustic.

From the book: Pictures and short extracts from The National and Domestic History of England (A.D. 1399 – 1603), by William Hickman Smith Aubrey (1858 – 1916). Google Book, Amazon

Thomas Becket. Archbishop of Canterbury.

Saint Thomas Becket. England 12th century bishop

St. Thomas à Becket

Thomas Becket. Archbishop of Canterbury (1118-1170).

It is not a little remarkable that the only Romish shrine which has been publicly brought to notice in England during the last few years is that of à Becket, the representative of the unyielding supremacy of that church, which still demands not only spiritual but temporal power. Continue reading

Richard I the Lionheart. Cœur de Lion.

Richard Cœur de Lion. England King Richard I. Lionheart. Mediaval knight.

Richard Cœur de Lion forgiving Bertrand de Gurdun. Who had attemted his life 1199.

Richard I the Lionheart 1157-1199.

Richard Ier Cœur de Lion, actually Richard Plantagenet; was from 1189 to his death King of England. From 1172 to the year of his coronation was Richard Duke of Aquitaine. Then he held the title of Count of Maine, Duke of Normandy and Count of Anjou.
Richard was the third son of King Henry II. Of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Bertran de Gurdun also known as Pierre Basile and John Sabroz. According to the legend Richard let Pierre Basile, the enemy’s skirmishers of the deadly bolt, looking after winning the battle and bring to him and knighted him with the words: Continue reading

Capetian noblewoman costume 12th century

Capetian dynasty. Noblewoman costume. French Middle ages fashion.

Capetian noblewoman 12th century.

Capetian noblewoman costume around 1190 to 1180, 12th century.

Noble Capétienne, Vers 1180 A 1190. From the book: Costumes civils et militaires des Français à travers les siècles. 1883. Author: Jean Baptiste Marie Augustin Challamel. Engraver: Meunier, Jean-Baptiste. Ouvrage couronné par l’Académie francaise.

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  1. The Carolingian Period 987 to 1270.
  2. Fashion of the Middle Ages from 1037 to 1461.
  3. Frankish Fashions. The Ladies of Old France.