Category Archives: Carolingian

Medieval Clothes in 5th to 10th Century.


Medieval Clothes. Warriors Eastern Roman Empire, Byzantium. Frankish noble ladies. Emperor Charles the Great and Empress. Frankish court costumes

Medieval Clothes in 5th to 10th Century.

Medieval Clothes in V to X. Century.

Top row left: warriors in armor, helmet, shield, swords and lances of the Eastern Roman Empire, Byzantium. Right: Clothing Frankish noble ladies. Emperor Charles the Great and Empress.
Bottom row left: Carolingian Frankish court costumes. Right: Pre-Christian time. Clothing of the old Egyptians. Egyptian warrior. Egyptian King (Pharaoh) in war dress. Egyptian charioteer. (From Charlemagne survives no contemporary portrait. One of the oldest representations of Charles found in the Sacramentary of Charles the Bald from around 870, which shows him in the Carolingian clothing and thus provides a representative view of a high nobleman of the Carolingian period)

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Gallery: On the history of costumes. From Ancient to the 19th century.

Costumes of Carolingians in the 7th and 8 Century.

Carolingians costumes of Maid of honor, Prophetess. Knight in armor, Bishop, Nobleman, Troubadour, Minstrel, Duke, King, Queen, General, Peasants.

Carolingians in the 7th and 8th Century.

Medieval Clothes of the Carolingians in the 7th and 8 Century.

Top row left: Maid of honor to the Empress. Carolingian queen. Prophetess. Right: Carolingian knights in armor and armament. Bishop and nobleman.
Bottom row left: Troubadour, minstrel. Carolingian duke and knight in armor and armament. Right: Carolingian king, General in armor and field banner. Carolingian peasants.

Drawing by Carl von Häberlin.

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Gallery: On the history of costumes. From Ancient to the 19th century.

Life-size warrior figures in full armor and equipment.

Roman legionary, Gallic warrior, Greek Hoplite Warrior, Knight of the 12th Century. Carolingian Frankish knights. Merovingian warriors

Life-size warrior figures

Life-size warrior figures in full armor and equipment.

Life-size warrior figures in full costume and equipment using individual original pieces. The reconstructions of the Gimbelschen weapons collection (Karl Gimbel) appeared in 1902 with illustrations and descriptions at Mittler and Son Berlin.
Head and limbs of the figures are carved from wood, movable part, each piece is up to them removable. The main purpose is to show the different armor types.

Source: Karl Gimbel: The Reconstruction of the Gimbel’s collection of weapons, Berlin 1902.

  1. Roman Legionary by the reliefs of Trajan’s column, Rome.
  2. Gallic warrior of about 400-200 BC.
  3. Greek Hoplite Warrior ca 600 BC.
  4. Knight of the 12th Century in the leather strip armor.
  5. Carolingian Frankish knight 9th-10th Century.
  6. Merovingian Frankish warrior about 600 AD.

Karl Gimbel: Die Reconstructionen der Gimbel’schen Waffensammlung. Mittler-Verlag, Berlin 1902.

1. Römischer Legionär nach den Reliefs der Trajans Säule Rom.
2. Gallischer Krieger von ca. 400-200 vor Christi Geburt.
3. Griechischer Krieger Hoplite ca. 600 vor Christi Geburt.
4. Ritter aus dem 12. Jahrhundert im lederstreifigen Harnisch.
5. Karolingisch fränkischer Ritter 9.-10. Jahrhundert.
6. Merowingisch fränkischer Krieger ca 600 nach Christi Geburt.

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Gallery: On the history of costumes. From Ancient to the 19th century.

Medieval women costume in the reign of Charles the Bald.

Carolingian costumes. Medieval woman costume. Middle ages clothing.

Carolingian women in 9th century.

Carolingian Costume of a Women in the reign of Charles the Bald.

Charles the Bald (823-877), from the noble family of the Carolingian was from 843 to 877 West Frankish king and from 875 to 877 King of Italy and Roman Emperor.

Source: “Modes et Costumes Historiques“.  Edited by Hippolyte Louis Emile and Polidor Jean Charles Pauquet. Published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin London, 1864

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Carolingian queen and king costumes. 10th century.

Carolingian queen costumes. Carolingian King clothing. Medieval fashion..

French Queen and King Xth century

French carolingian queen and king 10th century. Ceremonial robes.

Source: “Modes et Costumes Historiques“. Drawing by Xavier Willemin. Edited and steel engraving by Hippolyte Louis Emile and Polidor Jean Charles Pauquet. Published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin London, 1864

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Gallery: On the history of costumes. From Ancient to the 19th century.

Medieval Merovingian Frankish Queen

Merovingian costumes. Medieval clothing. 5th century dress. Saint Clotilde Chrodechild

Saint Clotilde woman of King Clovis I.

Medieval Merovingian Frankish Queen

Clotilde or Chrodechild (475–545), princess of Burgundy, was the second wife of Merovingian Frankish king Clovis I  (Salian Frankish dynasty), and by this marriage, Queen of the Franks. She confessed to Catholicism and contributed to the decision in Clovis, also accept this form of Christianity.
After the death of Clovis in 511 Clotilde founded monasteries and churches. She became, like her husband and her daughter buried in the Church of the Apostles in Paris, the later church of Sainte-Geneviève.
Saint Clothilde as she is honored as patroness of women and notaries. She is often represented with a model of the church and a book, donating the poor. Her celebration is the 3rd June. Clotilde is revered as sacred by the Church.

Source: Modes et Costumes Historiques.  Edited by Hippolyte Louis Emile and Polidor Jean Charles Pauquet. Published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin London, 1864

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Gallery: On the history of costumes. From Ancient to the 19th century.

Coronation mantle, Dalmatica of German Emperor Henry II.

Coronation mantle, Dalmatica of German Emperor Henry II. Middle ages costumes.

Dalmatica of Emperor Henry II.

Coronation mantle, Dalmatica of German Emperor Henry II.

Dalmatica. Coronation mantle of Emperor Henry II. 973-1024. King of the East Frankish kingdom (Regnum Francorum Orientalium), Roman-German Emperor. Medieval Ecclesiastical Dress. 

Source: Cathedral Treasure of Bamberg.

10th century clothing. Medieval Nobility Costumes. German Emperor Henry II

German Emperor Henry II between two bishops in Seeoner Pontifical. Bamberg, State Library,

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  1. Coronation Robes of the German Emperors.
  2. Byzantine costume history. 
  3. Frankish Merovingian costume history.
  4. Costumes of the Carolingian Period from 752-987. Reign of Charlemagne.
  5. On the history of costumes. From Ancient to the 19th century.
  6. The First Crusade. The Knights Hospitallers. Knights of Malta.
  7. The Knights of the Teutonic Order of Knighthood.

Carolingian Knight in armor, Bishop, Priest and Burgess.

Knight in armor. Bishop, Priest. Middle Ages costumes. Medieval clothing. Charlemagne Carolingian dresses.

Knight in armor, Bishop, Priest and Burgess.

Medieval Carolingian clothing 751-987.

Medieval costume of Carolingian Knight in armor, Bishop, Priest and Burgess.

Carolingian Queen, Noblewoman and Prophetess.

Middle Ages costumes. 10th century clothing. Carolingian Queen. Byzantine court dress.

Carolingian Queen, Noblewoman and Prophetess

Medieval clothing 751-987.  Carolingian Queen, Noblewoman and Prophetess.

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French middle ages costumes. Charles II the Bald.

French middle ages costumes. Medieval clothing. Carolingian period fashion. 9th century clothing.

Charles II the Bald

French middle ages costumes. Carolingian period 751-987.

Medieval costumes of Charles II the Bald  (823 – 877 Holy Roman Emperor Charles II, King of West Francia), Military Leader, Knight in armor, Musician, Troubador.

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Carolingian Period 752-987. Reign of Charlemagne.

Carolingian Costumes. Middle Ages France Queens Dresses. French Medieval clothing.

France Queens in 752-987

THE CAROLINGIAN PERIOD 752-987. Medieval fashion history.

Table of content

Reign of Charlemagne – The women of the tenth century wear two tunics – Judith’s belt – A veil is obligatory – Miniatures in the Mazarin Library- Charles the Bald’s Bible Shoes – Dress of Queen Lutgarde – Dress of Rotrude and Bertha – Gisla and other kings women of the Emperor – The Successors of Charlemagne – Cannes – Adelaide of Vermandois – The dress of widows.  
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Medieval nobility clothing. Emperor Henry II. with bishop.

Emperor Henry II. . Medieval clothing. Byzantine costume. 10th century dresses.

Emperor Henry II. with Frankish bishop

Medieval nobility clothing. Emperor Henry II., 1000 A.C.

Figure of Frankish King Henry II., 973-1024, called the saints and a Frankish bishop. 1004 Henry II. became king, and 1014 he was appointed emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Crowned king of the Lombards in Italy. 1014 Henry II. was crowned emperor by Pope Benedict.

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Gallery: On the history of costumes. From Ancient to the 19th century.

Charles II. the Bald. Carolingian 9th century clothing.

9th century clothing. Carolingian costumes. Medieval fashion dresses

Charles II. the Bald with two pages

King Charles II the Bald, with two pages. Medieval Carolingian clothing.

Charles II the Bald (born 823 † 877), was from the noble family of the Carolingians, West Frankish king and 875-877 King of Italy and Roman Emperor. Carolingian Period 751-987.