Category Archives: Middle Ages

Middle Ages costumes and fashion. Period between 700 to 15th century. Style of Byzantine, Carolingian, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance.

William Caxton and the art of printing.

William Caxton. England printing history. Medieval clothing.

Introduction of the art of printing.
Caxton reading the first proof sheet from his printing press in the Almonry, Westminster Abbey, March 1474

William Caxton and the art of printing.

The revolution which had been effected by war, by changes of dynasties, by the partial admission of the commons to a voice in legislation, was succeeded by a still mightier influence than any of these could exert. A power had arisen before which all others were to give place. Slowly but surely the growth of intelligence and the increase of knowledge contributed to human freedom, and to that eager desire for liberty which inevitably followed when people had learned to think for themselves and to discard the fetters imposed by those who, while they alone possessed the means of intellectual culture, strove to fetter the consciences and control the destinies of men. Continue reading

Italian craftsmen in 1350. Medieval clothing.

Italian craftsmen. Medieval clothing. Middle ages 14t century habits

Italian craftsmen in 1350. Medieval clothing.

Italian craftsmen in 1350. Medieval clothing.

Vicino, Calzolaio, Beccaio, Molinaro, Segatore di fieno, Salinaro, Agricoltore, Muratore, Boscaiuolo, Raccoglitore d’olive, Taglialegna, Falegname, Falconiere, Orefice, Fabbro, Pescivendolo.

Dallo Statuto di Trieste del 1350

From the book: Il Trecento a Trieste. Con illustrazioni policrome by Caprin, Giuseppe.

Jack Cade and his insurrection. English history 1450.

Jack Cade. Rebellion. England history.

Lord Saye and Sele brought before Jack Cade.

Jack Cade and his insurrection.

Jack Cade, assuming the name John Mortimer; (died July 12, 1450 in Heathfield, East Sussex) was an English rebel against the policies of Henry VI, which contributed to the breakdown of royal authority, that led to the Wars of the Roses (1455–85) between the houses of York and Lancaster. He appeared to history out of nowhere in the spring of 1450 and led an army against London. After the capture and sack of London, the rebels were defeated and dispersed in a battle at London Bridge. Continue reading

Knight served by his squire and pages. 11th century.

Knight in Armor, squire and pages costumes. 11th century clothing.

Knight served by his squire and pages. 11th century.

Knight served by his squire and pages. 11th century.

Chevalier servi par son écuyer et ses pages.
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.

Associated to:

  1. The Carolingian Fashion Period from 987 to 1270.
  2. Life-size warrior figures in full armor and equipment. 
  3. 11th to 13th century. Medieval clothing in France.
  4. The Knights of the Teutonic Order of Knighthood.
  5. The First Crusade. The Knights Hospitallers.
  6. The Crusades. The Knights Templar.
  7. Middle Ages fashion history in Germany. 11th to 13th century.

Medieval Earl in armor leaving for the war.

Medieval Earl in armor. 8th, 9th century costumes.

Medieval Earl in armor leaving for the war, followed by his vassals. 8th, 9th century.

Medieval Earl in armor leaving for the war, followed by his vassals. 8th, 9th century.

Comte partant pour la Guerre, suive de ses Vassaux

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.

Associated to:

  1. The Carolingian Fashion Period from 987 to 1270.
  2. Life-size warrior figures in full armor and equipment. 
  3. Frankish Merovingian costume history 4th and 5th century.
  4. Byzantine costume history. 5th to 6th century.
  5. Costumes of Carolingians in the 7th and 8 Century.

Charles the Fat encamped under the walls of Paris

Carolingian king Charles III. 9th century clothing. Viking Battle.

Charles the Fat encamped under the walls of Paris, 9th century.

Charles the Fat encamped under the walls of Paris, 9th century.

Charles the Fat, Charles III, Carolingian Emperor encamped under the walls of Paris without daring to fight the Normans preferred to buy their retirement with money.

Charles le gros campa sous les murs de Paris sans oser combattre les Normands préférant acheter leur retraite à prix d’argent.

Charles III. (839-888) from the noble family of the Carolingian was 876-887 East Frankish king, 879-887 King of Italy, from 882 rulers in Bavaria, Franconia and Saxony, 885-888 West Frankish king and 881-888 Roman Emperor. The non-contemporary nickname of thickness he wore according to present knowledge wrongly. In the German rulers lists he is known as the third, but not in French lists. Charles applicable in the science of history as a “weak” sovereign, but this may also be related to his illness; probably he suffered from epilepsy.

From the book: Paris à travers les siècles. Histoire nationale de Paris et des Parisiens depuis la fondation de Lutèce jusqu’à nos jours, by Nicolas Jules Henri Gourdon de Genouillac. Published 1879.

Associated to:

  1. The Byzantine Varangian Guards. Viking Chiefs of the 5th Century.
  2. Alfred the Great. The first English king.
  3. King Harold II. Last Anglo-Saxon king of England.
  4. The Carolingian Period 752-987. Reign of Charlemagne.