Courtiers of the time of Richard II.

Courtiers, Richard II, Knight, Middle ages, medieval, costume, dress, gown, nobility, England, Plantagenet, fashion, history, Harleian, Archaeologia, Henry Shaw,

Courtiers of the time of Richard II. MS. Reg. 15 D. Ill, and MS. Harl. No. 1319.

COURTIERS OF THE TIME OF RICHARD II.

Anjou-Plantagenêt ruling dynasty

ABOVE all other periods in the history of England, that of the weak Richard II. was remarkable for the variety and gaiety of its fashions. The satirists and reformers of the day were zealous and loud in their outcries against the extravagance of the higher classes.

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Geoffrey Chaucer. English writer and poet.

Geoffrey Chaucer, Middle ages, 14th century, Canterbury Tales, Henry Shaw, costume, poet, England, English literature

Geoffrey Chaucer. English writer and poet.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER.

Was an English writer and poet who became famous as the author of the Canterbury Tales. He was born around 1342 in London and died probably on 25th October 1400 in London. Continue reading

Ladies fashion of the 12th century.

Ladies fashion, Virgin Mary, 12th century, fashion, costumes, England, middle ages,

Virgin Mary on her way to Egypt. Cottonian Manuscript Nero C. IV.

LADIES FASHION OF THE TWELFTH CENTURY.

 12th century, illuminated manuscript, Bible, middle ages,

Initial letter T. MS. Harl. No. 2800. 12th century

THE figures on the present plate are taken from different illuminations in the Cottonian Manuscript Nero C. IV. executed, probably, before the middle of the twelfth century.

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Ecclesiastics of the 12th century. Bishop, monks costumes.

Ecclesiastics, clergy, Bishop, monks, norman,middle ages, 12th century, dress,pastoral, staff, Henry Shaw, fashion

Ecclesiastics, Bishop, monks, 12th century

ECCLESIASTICS OF THE TWELFTH CENTURY.

Initial letter, drop-cap, manuscript,12th century,middle ages,medieval, illumination,Henry Shaw

Initial letter N

NO class of figures occurs so frequently in the illuminations of our earlier manuscripts, as those of ecclesiastics of different grades; and as the older illuminators were almost exclusively monks, we are justified in concluding that none are represented more accurately with regard to their costume and other characteristics.

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Ecclesiastics of the cathedral of Chartres

Chartres,Cathedral,Ecclesiastics,SCULPTURES, Bishop,Priest,archbishop,chasuble, mitre,costume,Henry Shaw

Ecclesiastics of the cathedral of Chartres.

FIGURES OF ECCLESIASTICS.
FROM THE SCULPTURES OF THE CATHEDRAL OF CHARTRES.

Initial letter, drop-cap, manuscript,12th century,middle ages,medieval, illumination,Henry Shaw

Initial letter C

CHARTRES is one of the most ancient and interesting towns in France. Popular traditions carry the date of the foundation of the city back to the times of the deluge; and it has been pretended by some of the old antiquaries that its splendid cathedral stands on the site of an ancient Druidical temple.

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Spanish warriors, jongleurs, minstrels in the 11th century.

Spanish warriors,armour, 11th century,middle ages,medieval,illustration,Henry Shaw,Anglo-Norman soldiers

Spanish warriors in armour, 11th century.

Spanish warriors from a MS. of the end of the eleventh century

ornamented initial letters, E,Drop-cap, Medieval manuscript, 10th century, Anglo-Saxon, Norman

Ornamented initial letter E

EVERY step which we trace back in the history of the nations of Europe brings us nearer to a uniformity of costume. Fashions in dress did not begin to go through that quick vicissitude of change which characterizes modern times, till towards the thirteenth century. We can trace little variation in the dress of the Anglo-Saxons during the whole period of their history, and not much between that of the Anglo-Saxons and the Franks.

As people became more distinctly separated from each other by national jealousies, and long and obstinate wars, the new fashions adopted in one country were more slowly communicated to another, and thus the similarity of costume becomes separated by distance of date; while some countries became so entirely estranged from each other during a long period, that the resemblance of costume and the simultaneous variation was altogether lost.

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Cross from Mount Athos. Monastery of Caracalla.

Byzantine Cross, Mount Athos, Henry Shaw,Christian,monasterie,Caracalla, Byzantine art

Byzantine Cross. Mount Athos. Monastery of Caracalla

CROSS FROM MOUNT ATHOS.

Initial letter B, Medieval manuscript, Durham Book, 7th century,Henry Shaw,

Initial letter B, Manuscript 10th century.

BEFORE the Christian era, Mount Athos was celebrated for the length of its shadow (ingenti tellurem proximus umbra vestit. Stat.), which was said to reach as far as the isle of Lemnos, for the multitude of its hares (quot lepores in Atho. Ovid.), and for having been the scene of one of the most wonderful exploits of Xerxes, who in his invasion of Greece is said to have cut a passage for his ships through the lower part of this vast mass of mountains.

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Illustrations of Prudentius. Anglo-Saxon civil and military costume.

9th century, Anglo-Saxon, dresses, costumes, history, england, Psychomachia, Prudentius

Anglo-Saxon civil and military costume 9th century.

ILLUSTRATIONS OF PRUDENTIUS.

Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, (* 348; – after 405) was a late antique Christian poet.

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