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.
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 Saxon Head-gear.— Banded Phrygian cap. Cloak.— Of blue cloth embroidered. Tunica.— Green cloth embroidered. Stockings.— Red cloth cross-gartered yellow. (Photographed direct from examples used in the Author’s lecture upon Mediaeval Costumes and Head-dresses.
Eleanor of Aquitaine (French: Aliénor or Éléonore d’Aquitaine; also Éléonore de Guyenne; * 1122 in Poitiers in the Poitou; † 1 April 1204 in the monastery of Fontevrault in France), was the daughter and co-heiress of William X. (1099-1137), Count of Poitiers and fifth Duke of Aquitaine. She married in 1137 Louis VII., King of France. Continue reading →